Barack Hussein Obama II served as the 44th President of the United States. Prior to becoming the first African American President in 2008, Obama studied at Columbia and Harvard, taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and served as a Democratic Senator from Illinois. Whilst his Presidency is today remembered as a time of fierce partisan gridlock, his domestic and foreign policy achievements changed the lives of millions. The skill in which he navigated economic and financial reforms through Congress following the 2007-08 financial crisis and his overhaul of the US healthcare system will be remembered as his biggest domestic achievements. On the foreign policy front, he will be remembered as the President that witnessed the 2010 Arab Spring, who 'pivoted' to Asia, opened up neglected countries such as Cuba, and who 'got' Osama bin Laden.
This portrait captures the weight of the Presidency. The brief eight years in office noticeably changed the youthful 47-year old from an ever-optimistic politician with a beaming smile to a man forced to carry the consequences for his decisions - and mistakes.
Personally, I see Obama as a force for good in the world. His various mistakes and achievements whilst in office are open for debate, but I believe his inspirational presence and ability to make personal relationships with the less fortunate are what makes him worth remembering.
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This artwork is unframed and requires framing.