Senator Barack Obama gives a policy address on Iraq and National Security.
Joseph B. Gildenhorn was named chairman of the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in June 2002. He is a widely respected diplomat and businessman. In 1989, he was appointed by former President George Bush to serve as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland where he served until 1993.
Lee Hamilton is president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, served as vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission, and co-chaired the 9/11 Public Discourse Project. He is a co-author of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. He represented Indianaâ€™s 9th congressional district for 34 years and served on many House committees and subcommittees, including foreign affairs, Europe and the Middle East, and intelligence. He is currently a member of the presidentâ€™s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and Homeland Security Advisory Council, the FBI directorâ€™s Advisory Board, the CIA directorâ€™s Economic Intelligence Advisory Panel, and the Defense Secretaryâ€™s National Security Study Group.
President Barack Obama
President Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office, as well as the first president born in Hawaii. Obama previously served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008.
Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.
Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he ran for United States Senate in 2004. During the campaign, several events brought him to national attention, such as his victory in the March 2004 Democratic primary election for the United States Senator from Illinois as well as his prime-time televised keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004.
Obama began his run for the presidency in February 2007. After a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Clinton, he won his party's nomination. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Obama is the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
Senator Barack Obama lays out his plan for ending the war in Iraq and redeploying the troops currently stationed there. His plan calls for security to be turned over to Iraqi forces by 2009 and troops pulled out in 2010.
Barack Obama contends that Americais singular focus on Iraq distracts from other more pressing threats to national security. He pledges to end the war in Iraq and concentrate on terrorism outside Iraq, securing nuclear materials, and achieving energy independence.
Barack Obama calls the price of oil one of the “most dangerous weapons in the world today” and says ending dependence on foreign oil is vital to national security. He promises investment in alternative energy to achieve that goal and create a new green business sector.