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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Poll: 4 out of 10 People Believe Race Relations Worsened Under Obama

The findings also addressed America’s outlook on voting rights, criminal justice and equal employment opportunity.

Obama: Racial Bias in Ferguson Police Dept. Not Isolated

"I think that there are circumstances in which trust between communities and law enforcement have broken down," the president said in a recent radio interview.

Obama Announces New Education Effort to 'Let Girls Learn'

Michelle Obama is heading to Japan and Cambodia later this month to promote the government effort.

Obama: 'Now Is the Moment' for Police to Make Changes

President responds to policing task force report.

Obama to Focus on Civil Rights Struggles Past and Present

President plans a speech for Saturday in Selma.
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