President Obama turns 51 this August — but he doesn’t look a day over 30!

Gearing up for the upcoming 2012 Election season, President Barack Obama — dressed in dapper, royal blue suit — brings his impeccable swagger to the cover of the July 2012 issue of Essence Magazine … where the POTUS talks about improving the economy, health, homes and the future, and why he’s excited about the next four years.

“I’ve always approached my presidency as a long-term proposition… I didn’t run for office just to clean up the mess I inherited. I didn’t run for office just to return to the status quo. Understanding that some of the things I get done, we may not see the benefits from them for ten years. But that’s how change happens…” —President Barack Obama, ESSENCE

The full issue hits news stands on June 12th, and will also feature a special salute to military families from First Lady Michelle Obama.

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