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 Says Blacks Are Better Off Now Than Six Years Ago

President Obama ends year-end presser with a question about race.

Obama: No Quick End to Embargo on Cuba

President holds a year-end press conference.

FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

A statement from the FBI pointed to technical similarities between the Sony hack and past "malicious cyber activity" linked directly to North Korea.

Obama Signs Executive Order to Create Task Force on 21st Century Policing

The panel's goal is to strengthen bond between police and communities.

The Obamas Talk About Their Experiences With Racism

The president and first lady discuss their brushes with racism in People magazine.

Obama: US Re-establishing Relations With Cuba

The president declares an end to America's "outdated approach" to the island.
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