China barely featured in Barack Obama’s farewell presidential speech. But his reference was less than flattering, the nation being paired with Russia to push the point that American influence and reputation would be eroded if the US chose to bully its neighbours.
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.