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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8 Million Signed Up For Health Care

President Obama says the Affordable Care Act is working.

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Graduate Send-Off: 2014 Commencement Speakers

A guide to who will be delivering commencement speeches during the 2014 graduation season.

Obama Co-Stars in Biden's First Selfie

Vice President Joe Biden posts his first selfie on his new Instagram account.

Obama, Biden Announce $600M For Job Grants

The grants will support job-training programs and apprenticeships.

Black Organizations Want the CDC to Show Them the Money

Groups fighting against AIDS struggle to survive. (4/16/2014)
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