Barack Obama was born Barack Hussein Obama II on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama is the 44th President of the United States and is world-renowned for being the first African-American ever to hold that office. A Democrat, he defeated Republican John McCain in the 2008 election. Prior to becoming President, Obama served in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004; from 2005 until 2008, he was a U.S. Senator for Illinois. Obama graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the acclaimed Harvard Law Review. He started his political career as a community organizer in Chicago; from 1992 to 2004, he taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. His address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention is generally credited for putting him in the public eye. So far as President, he has focused on stimulating the economy, reforming the health care system and withdrawing troops from Iraq. He also won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Obama married his wife, Michelle, on October 3, 1992, and they have two children, Malia and Sasha.
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