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(January 20, 2009 to )
First African American to hold the office
Born: Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu,
Hawaii on August 4, 1961
Father: Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang'oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya. Died 1982
Mother: Stanley Ann Dunham, a White American from Wichita, Kansas,
Stepfather: Lolo Soetoro
Married: Michelle Robinson (October 3, 1992)
Children: Malia Ann, was born in 1998,followed by a second daughter, Natasha ("Sasha"), in 2001.
Religion: Protestant Christian
Education: Graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School,
Occupation: Civil rights attorney in Chicago. Taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.
Political Party: Democract
Other Government Positions:
His story is the American story - values from the heartland, a middle-class
upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting
ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to
With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton's army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.
After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.
He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.
President Obama's years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world's most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.
He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.