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: An Immigration Impasse Lacking in Compassion

The politicians continue to argue and protests persist in the immigration crisis while tens of thousands of migrant children languish.

Bring That Week Back: Boy Found in Basement Says He Was Forced to Exercise

Picture of Black boy in monkey tee causes outrage, plus more national news.

House GOP Moves Ahead on Suing Obama

The House will hold a hearing next week and vote on the issue at end of July.

BET Wire: Obama's Texas Two-Step

President Obama is facing an epic crisis on the Texas border; the public is so over Sarah Palin; the CIA has no idea where Tupac is; and more.

Obama Seeks $3.7 Billion to Deal With Border Kids

The funds would be used to care for the kids and enforce the law.

Obama Highlights Push for Better Skilled Teachers

President Obama calls for equity in teacher experience at all schools.
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