My contemporary hero is the current president of the United States, President Barack Hussein Obama II. President Obama is an African-American male who was born on August 4, 1961. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from Columbia University as well as Harvard Law School. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and served three terms within the Illinois Senate from the year 1997 to the year 2004. As the president of the United States, President Obama has to endure a great deal of criticism on a daily basis. Also, due to his ethnical heritage, the paparazzi and the hoi polloi of the nation badger him on the grounds of his intelligence and his integrity. He must deal with pressure from the paparazzi as well as the pressure of fixing national crises immediately. As president, he has no choice but to live with the criticism and tackle these problems as best he can. President Obama wants to be known as the man who turned the U.S. around during this period of economic hardship. President Obama is a man who embodies humility and patience. In order to succeed in his profession, those are two of the most vital and mandatory virtues to have. If President Obama did not embrace these virtues, then he would not be successful in his tenure as president. For these reasons, he is my contemporary hero.