Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, became the first African-American president in the country's history in 2008. Obama's father was of Kenyan descent while his mother hailed from Kansas.Continue Reading
When Obama was 10 years old, he lived with his maternal grandparents in Hawaii, as his parents had divorced and did not live in the country any longer. Before moving in with his grandparents, he lived in Indonesia with his mother, where he learned the language and culture. In Hawaii, he went to school at Punahou Academy, where he graduated with academic honors in 1979 and additionally played and excelled at basketball.
Obama graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1983 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991. In 1992 he married Michelle LaVaughn Robinson; the couple eventually had two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
He became the junior senator from Illinois in 2004, making him the third African-American senator since the Reconstruction period. That same year, he gave the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Obama won the presidency in 2008 by defeating Arizona senator John McCain and won re-election in 2012 by defeating former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. As president, Obama and his family welcomed two dogs, Bo and Sunny, who are both Portuguese Water Dogs.Learn more about US History