Barack Obama Turns 53: A Look Back at His Best Quotes & Faces (PHOTOS)

Happy birthday, Mr. President!

Barack Obama turns 53 today, folks. Whether you love him or love to hate him, you've got to admit the prez has racked up his share of accomplishments over the years. As the 44th president -- and the first African American to hold this office -- as well as a former civil rights attorney, Illinois Senator, teacher, husband to Michelle, and devoted dad to two little girls, Obama is doing pretty well for himself.

Naturally, you expect the man to have at least one or two  -- or in our case, seven -- interesting quotes in his backpack by this point. And Obama doesn't disappoint in that area. Here are some of his most memorable quotes, alongside seven of the best faces we've seen him put on during his time spent in the Oval Office.


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  • The 'Life Is Darn Good' Face


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    "The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on."

  • His 'Well This Isn't Going Well, Is It?' Face


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    "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them."

  • His 'Don't Even Go There' Face


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    "We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential."

  • The 'How Isn't This Obvious, Come On People' Face


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    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt."

  • The 'I'll Get the Last Laugh' Face


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    "That's the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want."

  • The 'I Got Your Back, BFF' Look


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    "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets."

  • The 'I Don't Wanna Be President Anymore' Face


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    "I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks."

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