The Early Years
Barack Hussain Obama was born on August 4, 1961 to Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Sr in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has two half sisters: Maya Soetoro-Ny and Auma Obama and one half brother, Malik Obama. He grew up mostly in Hawaii with his grandparents, but spent one year of his childhood in Washington State and four years in Indonesia. He graduated from Punahou School in 1979. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College. He was there for two years, then transferred to Columbia University in New York where he graduated in 1983.
On October 3, 1992, Barrack Obama married Michelle Robinson. They have two daughters: Malia and Sasha and two dogs: Bo and Sunny. The family lived in Chicago, Illinois until he became president in 2008, when they moved to Washington DC where they still reside.
Life Before Politics
After Barack Obama graduated from Columbia, he was hired as the director of Developing Communities Projects in Chicago. He worked as a community organizer for 3 years. Then he decided to go to Harvard Law school where he was selected editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year. He graduated with his law degree in 1991 and returned to Chicago to teach at the University of Chicago's Law School. During this time, he also wrote his first book called "Dreams from My Father". In addition to his work at the university, Obama also joined a law firm which handled civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development.
Barack Obama began his political career in 1997 when he was elected to the Illinois State Senate. He served until 2000 when he lost a reelection bid to another democrat in a primarily battle. He was reelected in 2002 and served until 2004. He resigned in November of that year because he had been elected to become a US Senator representing the state of Illinois. While Obama had been a rising star in Chicago politics he was not well known by the rest of the county. That changed in July of 2004 when he delivered the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. That speech was seen by over 9 million people and propel him into the national spotlight. His speech was loved by all who saw it and that elevated his status within the party. Shortly after that speech, he decided to run for president. His message of hope and change resonated with many Americans. His empathy and passion to help his fellow citizens could be seen in the powerful speeches that he delivered all over the country. He resigned from the US Senate on November 16, 2008 after being elected the 44th President of the US.
On November 15, 2008, at the age of 47; Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States. In order to be president, the constitution says that candidates must be 35 years old, have been a resident in the United States for 14 years and is a natural born citizen. In addition to those requirements, the candidate needs to win the electoral college, which means they need to be acceptable to a large number of people. Meeting all of those requirements, his message of Hope and Change was heard and welcomed by millions of voters. During one of his campaign speeches when talking about change he said "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." While he faced many challenges during his first term, he won re-election in 2012 and served a total 8 years, which is the most anyone can serve as president of the United States.