Barack Hussein Obama .II born August 4, 1941, is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the firstAfrican-American to hold the office.
With a father from Kenya and a mother fromKansas, President Obama was was raised with helpfrom his grandfather, who served in Pattonsarmy, and his grandmother, who worked her way upfrom the secretarial pool to middle management at abank.He and his wife, Michelle, are the proudparents of two daughters, Malia, 13, andSasha, 10.
In May 2012, he became the first sittingU.S. president to announce his supportfor the legalization of same-sexmarriage. In foreign policy, he ended thewar in Iraq, increased troop levels inAfghanistan, signed the New STARTarms control treaty with Russia, orderedUS involvement in the 2011 Libyamilitary intervention, and ordered themilitary operation that resulted in thedeath of Osama bin Laden.