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President Barack Obama

Portrait of President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama by Pete Souza

Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States.

Served as President: 2009-2017
Vice President: Joseph Biden
Party: Democrat
Age at inauguration: 47

Born: August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Married: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
Children: Malia, Sasha
Nickname: Barry


What is Barack Obama most known for?

Barack Obama is most famous for being the first African American President of the United States.

Growing Up

Barack grew up in the state of Hawaii as well as Jakarta, a city in Indonesia. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was from Kansas while his father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born in Kenya, Africa. After his parents were divorced, his mother married a man from Indonesia and the family moved to Indonesia for a time. Later, Barack was raised by his grandparents in Hawaii. When he was a kid he went by the nickname "Barry".

Barack graduated from Columbia University in New York in 1983. After graduating, he had a few different jobs including working at the Developing Communities Project in Chicago, Illinois. He soon decided he wanted to become a lawyer and he entered Harvard Law School. Upon graduating in 1991, he began practicing law.

Obama giving speech at podium
President Obama at podium
Source: U.S. Navy
Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Leah Stiles

Before He Became President

In 1996 Barack decided to enter the world of politics. He ran for the Illinois State Senate and won. He served on the state senate until 2004 when he was elected to the United States Senate.

After three years of serving on the U.S Senate, Obama entered the 2008 presidential election. He had gained national recognition for being an excellent communicator and was very popular. Many felt his biggest hurdle in becoming president would be defeating former First Lady and New York Senator Hillary Clinton in the democratic primaries.

Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the primaries and then took on republican candidate John McCain in the general election. He won the election by a large margin and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. He was re-elected again in 2012 winning the election over republican Mitt Romney.

Obama family sitting on couch
Barack Obama with family including wife Michelle
and daughters Malia and Sasha
by Pete Souza
Barack Obama's Presidency

Below we've listed some of the events and accomplishments during Barack Obama's presidency: After Presidency

At the time of the writing of this article, President Obama had just left office. What he will do after being president and how much he will be involved in world politics remains to be seen.

President Obama shooting basketball
Barack Obama Playing Basketball
by Pete Souza
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