Barack Obama biography:
Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.
His story is of a middle-class upbringing, education as the means of getting ahead.
With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton's army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.
After getting through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help organize communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.
He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to work as a community organizer, teach at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.
He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.