Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
© Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant

On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama became the first black person to be elected to the highest position in the country. His supporters' expectations reflected the hopes he'd inspired: they were enormous.

His fiercest enemies saw in Barack Hussein Obama a black man who was born abroad, a Muslim with an unsettling name and a socialist agenda. They were ready and waiting.

The poster created by Shepard Fairey illustrates the hope embodied by Obama. Taken up by the candidate's presidential campaign, the image would become an emblem.

Quotes

It's widely believed that on January 20, [Obama] will walk on wateracross the Tidal Basin. He will perform the miracle of the loaves and fishes on the Ellipse. Anything less will be a great disappointment to the nation. - Dana Milbank, columnist for Washington Post

In 2008, I could barely get out of bed when he was elected. I just wanted to cover my head and stay there. I thought it seemed like a bad dream. - Danita Kilcullen, Co-founder of the Tea Party Fort Lauderdale

Who are America's top heroes?
Approval ratings for the President's work (2009 to now)

Source : Real Clear Politics

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