I was 17 years old the day that Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. Never in a million years did anyone think Obama, a black man, would become president. At this point in my life I had only lived through 3 presidents. When I was born, George H. W. Bush was President followed by Bill Clinton. I was in the 5th grade on 9/11 and George W. Bush was president. I also remember the controversy surrounding his elections. I was becoming more aware of politics then, or so I thought.