Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office.
He was born on August 4th, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas. He was raised with help from his grandfather and grandmother, who both served as shining examples of what hard work and determination can do.
President Obama worked his way through college with the help of scholarships and students loans. He graduated from Punahou and went on to Occidental College in Los Angeles. However, midway through his studies, he transferred to Columbia University in New York City.
After graduation, he moved to Chicago. During that time, the closure of local steel plants caused many to lose their jobs and wreaked havoc on the area. President Obama worked with local churches in the area to help rebuild those communities.
From there, Obama applied to and was accepted at Harvard Law School. In 1990, he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review. He was the first African American to serve in the post.
Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago. He remained a vital part of the community, teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago, as well as helped lead a voter registration drive.
Obama's advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate as a Democrat. He was elected to the seat in 1996.
While the Illinois State Senator, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years.
His work in health care reform also began as a Senator. He expanded health care for children and their parents, as well as cut taxes for working families.
In February 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
On November 4th, 2008, Barack Obama defeated the Republican presidential nominee, John McCain.
Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, and was sworn into office on January 20th, 2009.
He was married to his wife, Michelle in 1992. They have two children, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
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