Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was often teased in grade school, and he worked at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager. He was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. In 1985, he worked on the Developing Communities Project.Continue Reading
Born on Aug. 4, 1961, at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii, Barack Obama is the son of Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham. Because his initials are "B.O.," a common abbreviation for "body odor," he was teased in grade school for smelling and also for being slightly chubby and for his skin color. Obama became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990 and graduated magna cum laude from the school in 1991.
While interning at the law firm of Sidley Austin, Obama met his wife Michelle Robinson. Initially his mentor and not attracted to him, Robinson married Obama in the fall of 1992 at the Trinity United Church of Christ. Together, they have two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha. Obama published his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," in 1995. He won a Grammy for the audio version of the book.Learn more about Branches of Government