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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Lawmakers Grill Secret Service Director Over White House Security Breach

Secret Service direct Julia Pierson was questioned about security breaches at the White House.

What's Happening in Ferguson, Missouri?

Two days before he would begin college, Michael Brown, 18, was killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson, Mo., police. The tragic death has brought the issue of police brutality back to the nation's attention. The city of Ferguson has erupted in protests and crie...

Report Explores Barriers for Black Girls' Educational, Economic Success

NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Women’s Law Center released “Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls” as a call to action for educational equity.

Obama Says Mistrust of Police Corroding America

President Obama speaks at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner.

The Evolution of Jeezy

Toast to Jeezy's 37th birthday with a look at his accomplishments.

Holder Vows to Defend Voting Rights Until His Last Day in Office

Attorney General Eric Holder remains steadfast in the fight to protect voting rights.
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