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Barack Obama Biography

Birth Name:
Barack Hussein Obama II
Birth Place:
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Profession
Politician

Fast Facts

  • Parents met while both attended the University of Hawaii
  • His father was the first African student to attend the university
  • Parents separated when he was 2, as his father moved to Boston to attend graduate school at Harvard; they divorced in 1964
  • He would see his father only once more in his life, in 1971
  • Mother remarried in 1967, to an Indonesian student studying at the University of Hawaii; the family moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, later that year
  • In 1971, his mother sent him back to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents amid concerns for the quality of her son's education
  • After graduating from Columbia, he worked in New York before moving to Chicago to become the director of the Developing Communities Project; helped establish numerous programs to benefit the South Side's underprivileged families
  • In 1988, he left Chicago and entered Harvard Law School, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review
  • He graduated magna cum laude in 1991
  • Met his future wife, Michelle, when he worked at a Chicago law firm in June of 1989 and she was his mentor
  • Served as a law-school professor at the University of Chicago from 1992 until 2004, when he was elected to the U
  • S
  • Senate
  • Elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996
  • Gained national prominence in 2004 thanks to his stirring performance as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention
  • Announced his presidential candidacy on February 10, 2007
  • Became the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination after Hillary Rodham Clinton suspended her campaign in June 2008
  • Became the first black U
  • S
  • president following his victory in the 2008 election, in which he defeated John McCain by a 365-to-173 electoral-vote margin
  • In 2009, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to promote international diplomacy
  • He became only the third sitting president to win the award, along with Theodore Roosevelt (1906) and Woodrow Wilson (1919)
  • Defeated Mitt Romney in 2012 to secure a second term as president

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