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 Opens Japan Trip at Famous Sushi Restaurant

President Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss trade and national security.

Ohio Teacher Fired Over Comment on Black President

Gil Voigt denies saying the nation doesn't need another Black commander-in-chief.

Family Seeks Justice for Mom Killed by Police

New details add new questions about Miriam Carey's death. (4/21/2014)

Global Leaders Want First Lady to Join Obama on Visits

The international community would like the first lady to accompany President Barack Obama on his travels abroad.

Inside the White House Easter Egg Roll

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome thousands of children and parents to the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll.
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