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. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and HarvardLaw School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. Heworked 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 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the UnitedStates House of Representatives in 2000.
In 2004, Obama received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in theUnited States Senate with his victory in the March Democratic Party primary, his keynote address at the Democratic National Conventionin July, and his election to the Senate in November. He began his presidential campaign in 2007, and in 2008, after a close primarycampaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won sufficient delegates in the Democratic party primaries to receive the presidentialnomination. He then defeated Republican nominee John McCain in the general election, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. [continua]

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