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.
How would you persuade US President Barack Obama to visit Hong Kong?
Crystal Leung, 16, Sacred Heart Canossian College
The breathtaking view of Victoria harbour and the variety of food in Hong Kong would definitely convince President Obama to visit the city. We make the best milk tea in the world and I am sure he would enjoy it. But the main reason behind my invitation to Obama would be that we really need him! He is famous for his inspiring speech after winning the US presidential election. And we, Hong Kong teenagers, really need a change. We need to have a more positive attitude, and be more aware of what's happening around the world. So, we really need you, President Obama. Please come here and give us your best speech!
Christine Gabrielle Bacus Nietes, 16, Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)
Hong Kong is an international business centre. It is also one of the safest cities in the world. There are many reasons why President Obama would visit Hong Kong. For example, it would strengthen ties between the US and Hong Kong. It would also provide more business opportunities. Obama would see that Hongkongers respect the rule of law and are innovative. He could discuss the city's problems with officials. I would stress that an honest exchange of views would be beneficial for both parties.