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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Commentary: Why All the Fuss About Obama's Tan Suit?

Twitter and news media outlets critique the president's latest fashion choice.

Yes We Tan! Twitter Freaks Out Over Obama's Sartorial Switch

President Obama's tan suit makes headlines.

Back in Iraq? What You Need to Know

President Obama grapples with how to deal with Islamic terrorists.

Obama Tamps Down Prospect of Strikes in Syria

The White House is developing a strategy to deal with ISIS terrorists.

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...

BET Wire: You're Paying the Attorney to Sue Obama $500 an Hour

House Republicans have hired an attorney for their lawsuit against President Obama; Senate Democrats are anxious to get the first lady on the campaign trail; Mitt Romney may be toying with the idea of a third presidential bid; House Speaker John B...
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