Barack Obama

President of the United States

President Barack Obama's years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. Born in Hawaii, the son of a Kenyan father and a white Midwestern mother, Obama wrote about his difficult upbringing in his bestselling book Dreams Of My Father. He went on to attend Harvard Law School where he edited the prestigious Harvard Law Review. Working for a Chicago law firm he met his future wife Michelle Robinson. He later became an Illinois State Senator before being elected to the United States Senate. On the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Sen. Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president. He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009, becoming the first African-American President in U.S. history. Now serving his second term, Obama has been working to reform gun laws and became the first President to openly support same sex marriage.  He and Michelle have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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Obama Goes from Interviewee to Interviewer for StoryCorps

The president spoke with a Black Maryland high school senior for an oral history project.

Obama Celebrates Black History Month, Ahead of Selma Visit

The President and First Lady paid tribute to civil rights legends and unsung American heroes during their visit.

Senate Panel OK's Obama Attorney General Pick

By a vote of 12-8, Loretta Lynch's nomination moves to the Senate floor.

Ben Carson Kicks Off Conservative CPAC Event

Ben Carson touted the benefits of health savings accounts and home schooling.

This Day in Black History: Feb. 26, 2012

Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012.

The Clock's Ticking: Inside the Dept. of Homeland Security Shutdown Showdown

Political stalemate may force the agency to partially shutter.
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