Born in 1961, in
Obama is the
44th and current
president of the
He was born to Ann Dunham,
an American anthropologist,
and Barack Obama, Sr. who
was a Kenyan senior
Obama Sr. met fellow student Ann Dunham and both fell in
love while studying at the University of Hawaii in Manoa.
They soon married on February 2, 1961,
giving birth to Barack Obama six months later.
later and then
divorced in 1964,
when he was just 2
A year later
However, several incidents took place in Indonesia which Ann
afraid of her son’s safety and education. So, she sent him to stay
with his maternal grandparents. And, he was later joined by the
mother and half-sister (from the second father).
Obama excelled in
But being one of
the three black
students at the
school, he became
conscious of racism.
He later described how he struggled to reconcile social perceptions of his
multiracial heritage with his own sense of self: "I began to notice there was
nobody like me in the Sears, Roebuck Christmas catalog ... and that Santa
was a white man," he also said "I went to the bathroom and stood in front
of the mirror with all my senses and limbs seemingly intact, looking the way
I had always looked, and wondered if something was wrong with me."
It was in 1982, Obama Sr. met a
fatal accident, to which Barack
Obama said "At the time of his
death, my father remained a myth
to me," he later said, "both more
and less than a man."
He visited relatives in
Kenya, which also
emotional visit to the
graves of his
biological father and
"For a long time I sat
between the two
graves and wept,"
from Kenya with
a sense of
School in 1988.
And, in the next year, he met Michelle
Robinson, an associate at the Chicago law
firm of Sidley Austin.
It was in the autumn of 1982, when both Michelle and Barack tied wedding
knot and moved to Chicago's South Side. Several years later they were
blessed with two daughters- Malia (born 1998) and Sasha (born 2001).
Entry into Illinois Politics
Obama's advocacy work led him to run for a
seat in the Illinois State Senate.
U.S. Senate Career
Later, Obama decided to run for
the U.S. Senate open seat.
In the 2004 Democratic primary, he won 52 percent of
the vote, defeating multimillionaire businessman Blair
Hull and Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes.
Making Way for Presidential Elections
In 2007, he was locked in a tight battle with Hillary Clinton and
main opponent being Republican contender, John McCain.
Finally, Obama won with more than 270 electoral votes.