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 Focusing on Condolences, Not Gun Laws, in Oregon Visit

President Barack Obama is bringing words of comfort and sympathy to grieving families of victims of the shooting rampage in Roseburg, Oregon, muting his message about the need for new laws to stem gun violence as he visits an area where firearms a...

So, You Want a Real Black President, Huh?

Writer Keith Boykins writes that Rupert Murdoch doesn't want a "real" Black president. Instead, Murdoch's comments reflect a disingenuous and often situational concern expressed by conservatives for the needs of African-Americans.

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Find out why the streets are mad about the Kardashians. (10/5/2015)

Obama Declares State of Emergency in South Carolina Over Hurricane Joaquin

Storm causes flash floods and forced evacuations along the East Coast.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Steps Down After 7-Year Term

Cabinet member one of the longest-serving members of Obama's admin.
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