Last updated on: 1/12/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th President of the United States
Position:
NC to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
Reasoning:

“Reagan spoke to America’s longing for order, our need to believe that we are not simply subject to blind, impersonal forces but that we can shape our individual and collective destinies, so long as we rediscover the traditional virtues of hard work, patriotism, personal responsibility, optimism, and faith…

Reagan may have exaggerated the sins of the welfare state, and certainly liberals were right to complain that his domestic policies tilted heavily toward economic elites… Nevertheless, by promising to side with those who worked hard, obeyed the law, cared for their families, and loved their country, Reagan offered Americans a sense of a common purpose that liberals seemed no longer able to muster.”

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to US presidential history. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to US presidential history.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 2016
  • Member, US Senate (D-IL), 2005-2008
  • Member, US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006
  • Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004
  • Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Former Teacher, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago
  • Former community organizer, Chicago
Education:
  • JD, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Columbia University, 1983
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?