Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first black US president. He defeated Republican rival John McCain in the general election of 2008, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate in October 2009. He was re-elected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
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'Like a star rushing from one show to another, Obama has come and gone, without stirring the slightest ripples'
Popular mainland blogger Zhao Dezhu on US President Barack Obama's visit
Zhao, who blogs and tweets under the name Hecaitou, said he missed former US president George W. Bush who 'couldn't speak with flowery language and even made grammatical mistakes but spoke as plainly as an American farmer'.
He said Obama, by contrast, speaks 'with sweet but empty words' - he can speak well but does not back up his words with action. 'Flowery language' means the use of colourful words.
Zhao compares Obama's Asian tour to a celebrity's hectic schedule. When Zhao says Obama 'has come and gone, without stirring the slightest ripples', he means the visit was too short and it did not result in any important changes.