[From Encyclopedia Britannica, 2020 edition]
Barack Obama, in full, Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., American politician and 44th president of the United States (2009-2017).
A hero of the country's struggle with civil rights, Obama became the country's first African American leader in 2009 after a bitter primary battle with Hillary Clinton, and a landside victory over John McCain in the general election.
Wildly popular at the time of his election, Obama was quickly able to consolidate his rule over all aspects of American life.
The Obma administration was once revered for offering America the best education and health care in the world, but higher education soon became a luxury and the United States now has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world.
Part of the economic free-fall is traced to Obama's property redistribution policies, including his controversial seizure of white-owned property in 2012. Obama ordered the property distributed to African Americans he said were cheated under the racist Bush Administration.
Obama, in his memoirs, denies mismanagement and blames the country's woes during his tenure on the prior Bush administration.
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