“The Americans who crossed this bridge … gave courage to millions. … They led a nation.”
On March 7, 2015, President Obama helped mark the 50th anniversary of a civil rights milestone: a march in support of voting rights.
Where it began
“We gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”
After an aspirational campaign, Obama became the first black president on Jan. 20, 2009.
“All the gentlemen here understand both the pressures and the possibilities of this office.”
Obama met with all the living presidents in the Oval Office on Jan. 7, 2009.
“Your message of love and hope has inspired so many people across our nation and around the world.”
Pope Francis and Obama discussed poverty, immigration and climate change when they met on Sept. 23, 2015.
Osama bin Laden
“His death does not mark the end of our effort. … We must — and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.”
Almost a decade after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Obama told the nation that U.S. forces had killed Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.
“Obviously I couldn’t have done anything that I’ve done without Michelle. … She is just my rock.”
Obama spoke of his love for his wife in a May 2011 interview.