The final year of a leader’s term in office is about attaining goals, smoothing the way for a successor and ensuring a legacy. US President Barack Obama’s seventh and last State of the Union speech was laden with hope and optimism.
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.