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Barack Obama        

44th President of the United States

Barack Obama served as the 44th President of the United States. His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.

With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.

After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.

He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African—American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.

He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. As president, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 in December 2010. Other domestic policy initiatives include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. In foreign policy, Obama gradually withdrew combat troops from Iraq, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, and signed an arms control treaty with Russia. In October 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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Barack Obama and Bill Clinton just had a cheeky Twitter exchange

President Barack Obama started a new Twitter account on Monday and appears to be making the most of it — with an assist from one of his predecessors.

Obama's Twitter account breaks world record

President Obama has only held his own Twitter account for roughly two days, yet it's already set a world record.

According to Guinness World Records, Obama's @POTUS account became the fastest to reach 1 million followers, hitting the milestone in under five hours.

Supreme Court rules states must allow same-sex marriage ...

In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban ... President Barack Obama reacts to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing ...

US President Barack Obama begins landmark Kenya visit
Obama to Appear on 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls' | Variety

President Barack Obama will trek through the Alaskan wilderness with survival expert Bear Grylls for a special edition of NBC's “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” it ...

Obama: Oscars diversity is about 'everyone getting fair shot'

President Obama had something to say about the Oscars diversity debate, even though he was actually supposed to be talking about healthcare.

President Obama Visits L.A.; Drops by 'Ellen' But No Dancing This Time

President Obama landed in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon and one of his first stops was The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But no, there was no dancing.

Can Obama Take Over the Supreme Court?

Now what? The Supreme Court vacancy created by Antonin Scalia’s death blows everything wide open. It gives—in theory—President Obama a chance to put a third justice on the court, but much more than that, it would be a third appointment that would change the ideological balance of the court. The question many are asking, then, is: What sort of nominee could Obama put forward whom the Republican Senate might approve?

SXSW: Obamas Set For Keynotes At Austin Fest

SXSW just got even more star power. President Barack Obama is set to appear as part of an opening-day keynote conversation on March 11, and First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the opening keynote for SXSW Music on March 16. The fest noted that it’s the first time in its 30-year history that a sitting First Couple has taken part. Details about location, time, streaming and access to both events will be announced on the SXSW website in the coming days.

Barack Obama Proclaims March As Red Cross Month

President Barack Obama has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the country, a tradition begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943.

Obamas to remain in D.C. after presidency so daughter can finish ...

President Obama cast some light on his post presidency plans Thursday. ... "We' re going to have to stay a couple of years so Sasha can finish. Transferring ...

Obama Decries Lack of Diversity in Baseball

During the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Cuba national baseball team, ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and Doug Glanville interviewed President Barack Obama, who addressed the Brussels attack and the impact of his trip to Cuba.

Obama says drug addiction is “a public health problem, not a criminal problem”

“For too long we’ve viewed drug addiction through the lens of criminal justice,” US president Barack Obama said at an anti-drug abuse summit Atlanta yesterday (March 29). “The most important thing to do is reduce demand. And the only way to do that is to provide treatment—to see it as a public health problem and not a criminal problem.”

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