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Portrait, Barack Hussein Obama Barack Hussein Obama

44th President of the United States
(January 20, 2009 to 2017)

Nicknames: None listed.

Born: August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii

Father: Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.
Mother: Ann Dunham
Married: Michelle Robinson Obama (1964- ), on October 18, 1992
Children: Malia Ann Obama (1999- ); Natasha “Sasha” Obama (2001- )

Religion: United Church of Christ
Education: Attended Occidental College; Graduated Columbia University (1983); Graduated from Harvard Law School (1991)
Occupation: Lawyer
Political Party: Democrat
Other Government Positions:

  • Member of Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004
  • United States Senator, 2005-08

Presidential Salary: $400,000/year + $50,000 expense account

Presidential Election Results:
Year Popular Votes Electoral Votes
2008 Barack Obama 69,456,897 365
John McCain 59,934,814 173
2012 Barack Obama 65,899,625 332
Willard Mitt Romney 60,928.981 206

Vice President: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (2009-2017)


Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton (2009-2013)
John Kerry (2013- )
Secretary of the Treasury
Timothy F. Geithner (2009-2013)
Jacob J. Lew (2013- )
Secretary of Defense
Robert M. Gates (2006-11)
Leon E. Panetta (2011-2013 )
Chuck Hagel (2013- )
Attorney General
Eric H. Holder, Jr. (2009- )
Secretary of the Interior
Kenneth L. Salazar (2009-2013)
Sally Jewell (2013- )
Secretary of Agriculture
Thomas J. Vilsack (2009-2017)
Secretary of Commerce
Gary F. Locke (2009-11)
John Bryson (2011-12)
Penny S. Pritzker (2013-2017) 
Rebecca M. Blank (Acting) (2012-2013)
Cameron Kerry (Acting) (2013- )
Secretary of Labor
Hilda L. Solis (2009-2013)
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Kathleen Sebelius (2009- )
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Shaun L.S. Donovan (2009- )
Secretary of Transportation
Ray LaHood (2009- )
Secretary of Energy
Steven Chu (2009-2013)
Ernest Moniz (2013-)
Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan (2009- )
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shinseki (2009- )
Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet A. Napolitano (2009- )

Supreme Court Appointments:

Associate Justice
Sonia Sotomayor (2009- )
Elena Kagan (2010- )

Notable Events:

  • 2009
    • In an effort to rejuvenate the struggling U.S. economy, Congress passes the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which allocates money for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization.
  • 2010

Internet Biographies:

Barack Obama — from White House
Compiled by the White House.
Barack Obama — from American Presidents: Life Portraits — C-SPAN
Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN’s 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
Barack Hussein Obama — from The American President
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Historical Documents:

Keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention (2004)
“A More Perfect Union” (2008)
Obama election night remarks (2008)
First Inaugural Address (2009)
President Obama’s Election Night Speech (2012)
Second Inaugural Address (2013)

Media Resources:

Other Internet Resources:

Newspaper Front Pages from November 5, 2008 — from NewseumED
Images of newspaper and magazine front pages from around the world on the day after Obama’s historic victory in the 2008 Presidential election.

Points of Interest:

  • Obama was the first African-American U.S. president.
  • Obama was the first president born outside of the contiguous United States.
  • Obama was the eighth left-handed president of the United States.
  • Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

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