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Barack Obama Biography and Facts For Kids


Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th President of the United States. Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, he graduated from Columbia with a B.A. in 1983, Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1991. Soon after law school, he moved to Chicago, where he practiced civil-rights law, lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and was active in the Democratic party. He was elected to the Illinois state senate in 1996, serving until he won a U.S. Senate seat in 2004. He became a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, ultimately securing a delegate majority after a prolonged primary contest with Senator Hillary Clinton. He is the first African American to hold the office after beating John McCain in November 2008.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Barack Obama

When was Barack Obama born: August 4, 1961
Where was Barack Obama born: Honolulu, Hawaii
Where did Barack Obama go to college: Occidental College, Columbia University, Harvard Law School
What was Barack Obama job before he became president: Attorney, Author, Professor
Who is Barack Obama married to: Michelle Robinson 1992
What number president is Barack Obama: 44th
What party does Barack Obama belong to: Democratic
Who is Barack Obama’s vice president: Joe Biden
When was Barack Obama president: 2009-present
Where is Barack Obama from: Chicago, Illinois

Barack Obama Quotes

  • “After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land. “
  • “As I’ve said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hopes for Iraqis’ future. “
  • “We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.”
  • “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.”
  • “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
  • “If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.”
  • “Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.”

Timeline of the Life of Barack Obama

1961 Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii
1967-1971 Attended schools in Indonesia
1971-1979 Attended school in Honolulu
1979-1981 Studied at Occidental College for two years
1981-1983 Graduated from Columbia University
1985-1988 Obama worked as Director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP)
1988 Entered Harvard Law School
1991 Obama graduates Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Harvard Law School
1992 Married Michelle Robinson
1992-2004 Obama served as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School
1995 Obama publishes his manuscript “Dreams from My Father”
1997-2004 Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th District
2005-2008 United States Senator from Illinois
2008 Won the presidential election in late 2008
2009 Inaugurated as the 44th President, and first African American of the United States on January 20, 2009