On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. The Democrat from Illinois began his political career as an Illinois State Senator in 1997. In July 2004, Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, elevating his status in the Democratic Party and spring boarding him to a U.S. Senate seat in 2005. By 2007, Obama was a front runner for the Office of President and defeated John McCain in the 2008 Presidential Election. President Obama's first term was highlighted by the struggling economy, healthcare reform and the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. On May 1, 2011, Obama authorized a raid resulting in the death of 9/11 terrorist Osama bin Laden. On November 6, 2012, Obama defeated Mitt Romney to win re-election as President.
Known for: 44th President of the U.S. and the first African American president
Barack Obama was elected President of the United States in 2008. He was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father. He grew up mainly in Hawaii where, after his parents divorced, he was raised by his mother and grandparents. He spent about 4 years in Indonesia as a boy, with his mother.
After graduating from high school in Hawaii, he went to college in Los Angeles briefly and then transferred to Columbia College in New York City. Soon after college Barack Obama took a position as a community organizer in Chicago and worked as the director of a church group assisting the underprivileged.
In 1988 he enrolled in Harvard Law School, graduated magna cum laude and then returned to Chicago to teach law and work on his book, ‘Dreams From My Father’. He later decided to enter politics and was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996 where he served until 2004 when he was elected to the United States Senate. That year he delivered the keynote speech at the National Democratic Convention. That speech brought him into the national spotlight and began talk of a presidential run.
In 2007 he announced he would run for President of the United States. In November of 2008 he defeated the Republican candidate John McCain and was elected President.
As President Barack Obama, he has worked on several primary issues like health care reform while dealing with the economic crisis, budget deficit, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that began in the previous administration.
President Obama was on the Stephen Colbert show on Monday night, Dec 8,2014.