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Barack Hussein Obama II (44th President of the United States) b. 1961


Barack Obama Demographics:
  • Name - Barack Hussein Obama II.
  • Born - August 4, 1961.
  • Birth place - Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Wife - Michelle Obama (nee Robinson)
  • Children - Malia Ann (born July 4, 1998) & Natasha ("Sasha", born June 10, 2001).
  • Mother - Stanley Ann Dunham, American (of English descent) from Wichita, Kansas.
  • Father - Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya Colony.
  • Occupation - Current President of United States.
  • Residence - White House, Washington D.C.
Barack Obama Important Facts:
  • First African American to hold the office.
  • First US president born in Hawaii.
  • Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, 2009.
Barack Obama Early Life & Education:
  • His parents divorced in 1964.
  • Barack's mother remarried an Indonesian student Lolo Soetoro and moved to Indonesia in 1967 (after Suharto came to power).
  • From ages six to ten years, Obama attended local schools in Jakarta (Besuki Public School & St. Francis of Assisi School).
  • In 1971, he returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents (Madelyn & Stanley Armour Dunham).
  • Barack attended Punahou School (private college preparatory school) from the fifth grade until high school graduation in 1979.
  • Obama moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to attend Occidental College & then after two years transferring to Columbia University (New York City).
  • His Columbia University major was in political science (with a specialization in international relations), graduating with a B.A. in 1983.
Barack Obama the Chicago Community Activist:
  • Obama moved to Chicago to take up a post as director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP).
  • He worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988.
  • During Barack's years as the DCP's director, the staff level grew from 1 - 13 people.
  • Obama also worked for the Gamaliel Foundation.
  • In 1988, he traveled to Europe and then to Kenya (meeting his father's relatives for the first time).
Barack Obama At Harvard Law School:
  • Obama started at Harvard Law School in late 1988.
  • At the end of his first year he was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
  • He was elected president of the Harvard Law Review in his second year.
  • Graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991.
Barack Obama Legal & Academic Life:
  • He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago.
  • Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School (1992-2004).
Barack Obama Political Career:
  • Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.
  • Victory in the March 2004 Democratic primary election for the United States Senator from Illinois.
  • Delivered a televised keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004.
  • Obama won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004.
  • Junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until November 2008 (he resigned after his election to the presidency).
  • His run for presidency started in February 2007.
  • Beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic party nomination for presidency.
  • Defeated Republican nominee John McCain in the 2008 election.
  • Obama was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.

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