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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What's Happening in Ferguson, Missouri?

Two days before he would begin college, Michael Brown, 18, was killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson, Mo., police. The tragic death has brought the issue of police brutality back to the nation's attention. The city of Ferguson has erupted in protests and crie...

Obama Scores Coalition Victory With Arab Strikes

President Obama says fight against ISIS is not America's alone.

Praise Be the Ballot Box: CBC Launches Freedom Sundays to Turn Out Voters

African-American voters will be key players in several Democratic races.

Obama and Immigration: High Hopes, a Mixed Record

Frustrated advocacy groups hope that when President Obama does act, he will be aggressive and leave a mark for posterity

Accused White House Intruder to Appear in Court

Omar J. Gonzalez is facing charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

News: President's Weekly Address: United in the Fight Against ISIL

Obama thanks Congress for its support for Syrian opposition. (9/20/2014)
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