Obama is the BEST president born in the WORST possible time in American history. Too bad because he's a true populist. When his contemporaries were making business connections in University, and trying to make it to the elite 1%, Obama was helping the poor in the inner cities, and dealing with issues which affect them, turning down lucrative opportunities despite his brilliance and talent.
Why on earth did you decide it was the worst possible time in US history? What age are you?
Apart from that, yes, while his contemporaries were trying to make it to the elite 1%, Obama gave all that up for the much lesser prestige career of POTUS. How noble.