Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Formal First Name
8/4/1961 - present

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African American to be elected to the office of the US President, who was born outside the continent. He won the presidency with 365 electoral votes and 52.9% of popular votes as against 173 and 45.7% received by McCain, respectively. Obama was re-elected as US President in November 2012. He acquired 332 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 required for him to be re-elected as the US President. With his victory for a second term, Obama became the first Democratic president to win the majority of the popular vote of 51.1%.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Obama 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, he 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.