Aug. 4th, 1961
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
6' 1 1/2"
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Barack Obama was born to a white American mother, Ann Dunham, and a black Kenyan father, Barack Obama, Sr., who were both young college students at the University of Hawaii. When his father left for Harvard, she and Barack stayed behind, and his father ultimately returned alone to Kenya, where he worked as a government economist. Barack's mother remarried an Indonesian oil manager and moved to Jakarta when Barack was six. He later recounted Indonesia as simultaneously lush and a harrowing exposure to tropical poverty. He returned to Hawaii, where he was brought up largely by his grandparents. The family lived in a small apartment - his grandfather was a furniture salesman and an unsuccessful insurance agent and his grandmother worked in a bank - but Barack managed to get into Punahou School, Hawaii's top prep academy. His father wrote to him regularly but, though he traveled around the world on official business for Kenya, he visited only once, when Barack was ten.
Obama attended Columbia University, but found New York's racial tension inescapable. He became a community organizer for a small Chicago church-based group for three years, helping poor South Side residents cope with a wave of plant closings. He then attended Harvard Law School, and in 1990 became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He turned down a prestigious judicial clerkship, choosing instead to practice civil-rights law back in Chicago, representing victims of housing and employment discrimination and working on voting-rights legislation. He also began teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. Eventually he ran as a Democrat for the state senate seat from his district, which included both Hyde Park and some of the poorest ghettos on the South Side, and won.
In 2004 Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat, representing Illinois, and gained national attention by giving a rousing and well-received keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. In 2008 he ran for president as a democrat and won. He is set to become the 44th president of the Unites States and the first African-American ever elected to that position.
- As a child growing up in Hawaii, his classmates knew him as Barry.
- Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham died Sunday November 2, 2008 in the early evening in Honolulu from cancer. She was 86.
- Was the 27th lawyer to be elected American president.
- In the Kenyan town where his father was born, the long-brewed "Senator" brand of beer has been nicknamed "Obama."
- Won his second Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for "The Audacity of Hope" (2008).
- Candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 US presidential election.
- Several celebrities including; 'Halle Berry' (qv), 'George Clooney' (qv), 'Sheryl Crow' (qv), 'Bob Dylan' (qv), 'Topher Grace' (qv), 'Macy Gray' (qv), 'Bruce Springsteen' (qv), 'Oprah Winfrey' (qv) 'Tom Hanks' (qv), 'Scarlett Johansson' (qv), 'Hayden Panettiere' (qv), 'Zachary Quinto' (qv), 'Eddie Murphy (I)' (qv) and 'John Cleese' (qv) support his 2008 presidential campaign. 'Robert De Niro' (qv) gave his endorsement at the same rally where Barack was endorsed by Caroline and Ted Kennedy.
- Has two daughters, 'Malia Obama' (qv) (born in 1998) and 'Sasha Obama' (qv) (born in 2001).