President Barack Obama


AKA Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

Born: 4-Aug1961
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI [1]

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant [2]
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Head of State
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 44th President of the United States

Barack Obama is a multiracial American politician, though he refers to himself as African-American. He served as Democratic state senator in Illinois, and then as US Senator from that state, before being elected President in 2008.

His father was an economics student from Nairobi, his mother a white American anthropology student when they married. They divorced[3] when Obama was young, and his father returned to Kenya. Obama was raised by his mother until about age 10, when his maternal grandmother in Honolulu took him in. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was the first African-American to become Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Law Review. Obama practiced civil rights law, representing victims of housing and employment discrimination and working on voting rights legislation. He worked as a community organizer in a poor Chicago neighborhood. He has spoken against NAFTA and racial profiling, and for universal health care. From the start, he opposed war in Iraq.

His campaign for Senate received an enormous boost when his opponent, Republican Jack Ryan, withdrew amid embarrassing allegations in his divorce from Star Trek actress Jeri Ryan, that during their marriage he had tried to lure her to attend sex clubs in France. Obama received another boost when he was invited to address the 2004 Democratic Party convention in prime time. In the 2008 general election, Obama became the first African-American elected to the office of President of the United States, defeating Senator John McCain from Arizona by a wide margin.

In his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama admits that he used marijuana and cocaine as a teenager. It is thus ironic that if he were a foreign national, he would be denied admission to the United States based on his past drug use.

Obama’s net worth may be as high as several million dollars.[4]

[1] Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, Honolulu, HI.

[2] Member of the United Church of Christ since the 1980s. Obama’s father, while born into a Muslim family, had become atheist by the time he met Obama’s mother, the secular Ann Dunham. Despite propaganda being distributed to the contrary, Barack Obama, the Senator, was never a practicing Muslim, and never attended extremist or Wahabbist madrassas.

[3] Divorce decree final, 6 November 1980.

[4] Estimated net worth of $1.3M, according to Money magazine, December 2007. See also Henry Blodget, “Barack Obama and His Money”, Slate, 13 March 2007: “According to Obama’s most recent public financial statements, he and his wife, Michelle, were worth between $500,000 and $2 million at the end of 2005 (excluding whatever equity they have in their $1.65 million Chicago house).” Presumably much of this is from pre-tax royalties of $1.2M for The Audacity of Hope. None of Obama’s wealth is inherited. The Obama family’s 2007 tax returns indicate a combined income of $4.2M, nearly all from book royalties. They paid $1.4M in federal taxes, with donations of $240K to charity.

Father: Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (economist, b. 18-Jun-1936, d. 24-Nov-1982 automobile accident)
Mother: Stanley Ann Dunham (b. 29-Nov-1942, d. 7-Nov-1995 uterine cancer)
Father: Lolo Soetoro (stepfather, d. 1987)
Sister: Maya Soetoro-Ng (half-sister, history teacher, b. 1971)
Brother: George Obama (half-brother, Kenyan)
Brother: Mark Ndesandjo (novelist, half-brother by Obama Sr’s third wife)
Wife: Michelle Obama (m. 3-Oct-1992, two daughters)
Daughter: Malia Ann (b. 4-Jul-1998)
Daughter: Natasha (“Sasha”, b. 10-Jun-2001)

High School: Punahou School, Honolulu, HI (1979)
University: Occidental College
University: BA Political Science, Columbia University (1983)
Law School: JD, Harvard Law School (1991)
Lecturer: Constitutional Law, University of Chicago (1992-2004)

US President (2009-)
US Senator, Illinois (2005-08, resigned)
Illinois State Senate 13th (1997-2004)
Sidley Austin summer associate
Baskin-Robbins teen years
Harvard Law Review President
Hillary Clinton for President $2,300 (Jun-2008)
Joyce Foundation Board of Directors (1994-2001)
Obama for America Candidate
Obama for Congress 2000 Candidate
Obama for Illinois Candidate
Obama Victory Fund 2012 Candidate
Priorities USA Beneficiary
Grammy 2008 for The Audacity of Hope (spoken word)
Grammy 2006 for Dreams From My Father (spoken word)
Nobel Peace Prize 2009
Silver Buffalo 2010
Time Person of the Year 2008
Time Person of the Year 2012
Funeral: Tim Russert (2008)
Funeral: Ted Kennedy (2009)
Funeral: Robert Byrd (2010)
Dubya Nickname Rock, ‘Bama
Secret Service Codename Renegade
Kenyan Ancestry Paternal
Risk Factors: Marijuana, Cocaine, Former Smoker

By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (7-Aug-2009) · Himself
Tanner on Tanner (5-Oct-2004) · Himself

Official Website:

Author of books:
Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995)
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (2006)

Barack H. Obama is 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, President 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, President 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.

President Obama’s years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.

He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.


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