|U.S. President Barack Obama's|
official photograph in the Oval Office on 6 December 2012
The theme has been used for many local leaders as well, such as José Antonio Navarro, the Tejano leader (1795–1871), who served in the legislatures of Coahuila y Texas, the Republic of Texas, and the State of Texas.
In 2006 U.S. Senator Barack Obama wrote a memoir, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. It was this interpretation of the American Dream for a young black man that helped establish his statewide and national reputations.
The exact meaning of the Dream became for at least one commentator a partisan political issue in the 2008 and 2012 elections.