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Barack Obama

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  • 1.
    • 44 TH President of the United States
    Barack Obama
  • 2.
    • Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961
    • His mother was from Kansas, and his father from Kenya. Barack’s parents eventually divorced, and after his mother remarried, he lived in Indonesia for a time before returning to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. Later he moved to New York where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983.
  • 3.
    • Obama furthered his education at Harvard Law School, where he earned his law degree in 1991.
  • 4.
    • Obama broke racial barriers early in his career when he was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review during his second year at the university.
  • 5.
    • Obama served as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School for 12 years.
  • 6.
    • He published his memoirs, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," in 1995.
  • 7.
    • His political career began when he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. He was reelected in 1998 and 2002.
  • 8.
    • Obama ran for the US Senate in 2004. During his time as a senator, Obama published his second book, "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream." He resigned his seat in November to prepare for his transition to president.
  • 9.
    • Obama was elected president on Nov. 5, defeating Republican contender John McCain after a lengthy campaign that began in early 2007.
  • 10.
    • On Jan. 20, Obama was sworn in as the 44th president. He became the first African-American to serve in the nation's highest post.