Today is President Barack Obama’s 55th birthday. He was born on August 4, 1961. He is the 44th president of the United States and is currently coming to the end of his second term.
He became president when he was 47 years old, and the running joke is how much older he looks since he took office.
During this year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner he joked about it.
People keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral.
Of course, he’s said many other funny but more importantly inspiring things since he started campaigning almost a decade ago. Here are our favorite quotes.
“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.” — Speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus. 2011
“There’s one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable, and that’s closing Guantanamo. Because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.” — White House Correspondents’ Dinner, 2016
“America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’ It’s about ‘yes we can.'” — DNC speech, 2016
“Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time, but it does require us to act in our time.” — Second inaugural address, 2013
“One of the things I think I can bring to the presidency is to make government and public service cool again.” — Interview, TIME Magazine, 2007
“I decided to become a community organizer … Change won’t come from the top, I would say. Change will come from a mobilized grass roots.” — Dreams From My Father, 1995
“This is our first task—caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.” — Remarks at a prayer vigil, Sandy Hook, Conn., 2012
“The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own.” — Speech on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, 2013
“The absence of hope can rot a society from within.” — Nobel lecture, Oslo, 2009
“I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you.” — Presidential victory speech, Chicago, 2008
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” — during his campaign at a rally in 2008
“Don’t shortchange the future because of fear in the present.” — During a news conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 2009
“What Washington needs is adult supervision.” — The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, 2015
“There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.” — During his address at the Democratic National Convention, 2004
“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” — During his campaign, 2008
Happy Birthday Mr. President!