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Who is Barack Obama?

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Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States. As of June 2015, he is serving his second four-year term as president after he was elected in November 2008. Obama is the first African-American president.

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Who is Barack Obama?
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Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a Kenyan father and American mother. He lived his young years in Indonesia and returned to Hawaii for his fifth grade through high school years.

The notable actions during Obama's first term included his withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, an economic stimulus plan in 2009, and the 2010 signng of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which required Americans to have health insurance and issued regulations on policy coverage. Obama came to the White House after serving in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004 and the U.S. Senate from 2005 to 2008.

Obama attended three schools during his collegiate years. He spent a year at Occidental College in California, earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in New York City, and gained his doctorate from Harvard Law School. He was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.

Before he entered the Illinois senate, Obama served as a lecturer at the University of Chicago. He was a senior lecturer while he was in the state senate. Prior to entering the U.S. Senate, Obama served the Chicago area as a community organizer and civil-rights attorney. Obama is married to his wife Michelle and has two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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