Former President Barack Obama will turn 55 on Friday and although he has moved out of the White House around seven months ago, people still cherish the beautiful memories of the former POTUS.
Be it his sense of humor, his love for wife Michelle Obama, his feelings for his children, his love for music and dance or his passionate speeches — he was surely a people’s president.
The 44th president of the U.S. and the first African-American to serve in the office was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu. His first name, Barack, means “blessed” in Swahili and it was also his Kenyan father’s name.
Barack became conscious of racism since childhood when he was enrolled in the prestigious Punahou Academy in Honolulu and where he was one of the three black students, according to his biography.
He later described his childhood years in which he was trying to cope up with social perceptions of his multiracial heritage. “I noticed that there was nobody like me in the Sears, Roebuck Christmas catalog that Toot and Gramps sent us, and that Santa was a white man,” he wrote.
“I kept these observations to myself, deciding that either my mother didn’t’t see them or she was trying to protect me and that I shouldn’t’t expose her efforts as having failed. I still trusted my mother’s love — but I now faced the prospect that her account of the world, and my father’s place in it, was somehow incomplete.”
Here are 10 of his inspirational sayings from Brainy Quote and Good Reads about life, success and leadership:
1. If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
2. We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.
3. Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
4. A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
5. The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.