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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BET Wire: Voting Rights Activists Locked Out By House Speaker's Office

House Speaker John Boehner's office denies voting rights activists entry; President Obama and Vice President Biden launch anti-sexual assault campaign; Attorney General Eric Holder speaks up against bullying; that high school in Chicago won't bear...

Obama Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign

Kerry Washington, Common and Questlove will be featured in the anti-rape PSAs.

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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...

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President Obama outlined a series of new steps by the U.S. to help contain the outbreak, which he said is getting worse.

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Global Week in Review: Controversial Human Zoo Exhibit Called Racist

The United Nations sends more peacekeepers into the Central African Republic, plus more global news.
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