Barack Obama

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. 

Just as US President Barack Obama was welcoming Xi Jinping to Washington, US House Speaker John Boehner (above) announced his resignation from Congress. Photo: AP

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Pope, John Boehner and Xi Jinping: who's more important for Americans?

How important to the US is President Xi Jinping's first state visit to America? The answer could be mixed. For the US government, Xi is of course a very important visitor. But most Americans may consider Xi just another foreign leader visiting the United States.