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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Obama, Biden Announce $600M For Job Grants

The grants will support job-training programs and apprenticeships.

News: Black Organizations Want the CDC to Show Them the Money

Groups fighting against AIDS struggle to survive. (4/16/2014)

Running Without Fear, an Insurgent Challenges Chicago’s Mayor

Amara Enyia, a lawyer and community organizer, is running against Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and she has no concern that he is better known and better financed.

In the Classroom: A Look at Education Through the Lens of Race

A national poll looks at how the races view the value of education.

Cory Booker and Tim Scott Are the Senate's Newest Odd Couple

Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott seek common ground on key issues.

News: Black Businesses Locked Out of SBA Loans

What can be done to increase loans to Black businesses? (4/15/2014)
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