President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.
He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961 to a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas. He was also raised by his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who rose to middle management at a local bank.
Obama was educated in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hawaii, going on to continue his education at Occidental College in Los Angeles and Columbia University in New York City.
From 1985-1988 he worked as a community organizer in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago.
Obama left the Windy City for Harvard University, where he studied law and became the first African American president of run the Harvard Law Review.
He served in the Illinois State senate from 1997 until 2004, when he was elected to the US Senate. He served in Congress until November 4, 2008, when he was propelled to the highest office in the US.
Obama was sworn in as president on January 20, 2009. Nine months after the historic election, he was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
He and his wife, Michelle, are parents to daughters Malia and Sasha.
Obama was re-elected president in November 2012, defeating his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. On January 20, 2013, he was sworn in to office for a second term.
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