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 on Montgomery Bus Boycott Anniversary: 'Rosa Parks Changed America'

On this day 60 years ago, the late Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus, which led to a year-long boycott of the system by African-American citizens in Alabama's capitol. President Obama said Parks, who is considered the...

Obama: Climate Pact an 'Act of Defiance' After Paris Attacks

Pushing for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening Monday outside Paris an "act of defiance" against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond.

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Barack Obama Turns Presidency Into One Big Sports Analogy

POTUS gets real with Bill Simmons for GQ.
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