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Barack Obama |
44th President of the United States |
January 20, 2009 |
Vice President | Joe Biden |
Preceded by |George W. Bush |
United States Senator
from Illinois |
January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008 |
Preceded by | Peter Fitzgerald |
Succeeded by | Roland Burris |
Illinois State Senator
from the 13th District |
January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004 |
Preceded by | Alice Palmer |
Succeeded by | Kwame Raoul |
Personal details |
Born | Barack Hussein Obama II
August4, 1961 (age 50)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. |
Political party | Democratic Party |
Spouse(s) | Michelle Obama (1992–present) |
Children | Malia (b.1998)
Sasha (b.2001) |
Residence | White House (Official)
Chicago, Illinois (Private) |
Alma mater | Occidental College
Columbia University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.) |
Profession | Community organizer
Religion | Christianity |
Signature | |
Website | The White House
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Barack Hussein Obama II (i/bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13thDistrict in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.
Following an unsuccessful bid against the Democratic incumbent for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2000, Obama ran for the United States Senate in 2004. Several events brought him to national attention during the campaign, including his victory in the March 2004 Illinois Democratic primary for the Senate election and hiskeynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won election to the U.S. Senate in Illinois in November 2004. His presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party's nomination. In the 2008 presidential election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain,and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. In October 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
As president, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act in 2010. Other domestic policy initiatives include the PatientProtection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act and the Budget Control Act of 2011. In foreign policy, he gradually withdrew combat troops from Iraq and announced that all troops would be home by the end of 2011, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered...