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Barack Obama

Barack ObamaAKA Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

Born: 4-Aug-1961
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI [1]

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant [2]
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Head of State
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 44th President of the United States

Barack Obama is a multiracial American politician, though he refers to himself as African-American. He served as Democratic state senator in Illinois, and then as US Senator from that state, before being elected President in 2008.

His father was an economics student from Nairobi, his mother a white American anthropology student when they married. They divorced[3] when Obama was young, and his father returned to Kenya. Obama was raised by his mother until about age 10, when his maternal grandmother in Honolulu took him in. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was the first African-American to become Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Law Review. Obama practiced civil rights law, representing victims of housing and employment discrimination and working on voting rights legislation. He worked as a community organizer in a poor Chicago neighborhood. He has spoken against NAFTA and racial profiling, and for universal health care. From the start, he opposed war in Iraq.

His campaign for Senate received an enormous boost when his opponent, Republican Jack Ryan, withdrew amid embarrassing allegations in his divorce from Star Trek actress Jeri Ryan, that during their marriage he had tried to lure her to attend sex clubs in France. Obama received another boost when he was invited to address the 2004 Democratic Party convention in prime time. In the 2008 general election, Obama became the first African-American elected to the office of President of the United States, defeating Senator John McCain from Arizona by a wide margin.

In his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama admits that he used marijuana and cocaine as a teenager. It is thus ironic that if he were a foreign national, he would be denied admission to the United States based on his past drug use.

Obama's net worth may be as high as several million dollars.[4]


[1] Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, Honolulu, HI.

[2] Member of the United Church of Christ since the 1980s. Obama's father, while born into a Muslim family, had become atheist by the time he met Obama's mother, the secular Ann Dunham. Despite propaganda being distributed to the contrary, Barack Obama, the Senator, was never a practicing Muslim, and never attended extremist or Wahabbist madrassas.

[3] Divorce decree final, 6 November 1980.

[4] Estimated net worth of $1.3M, according to Money magazine, December 2007. See also Henry Blodget, "Barack Obama and His Money", Slate, 13 March 2007: "According to Obama's most recent public financial statements, he and his wife, Michelle, were worth between $500,000 and $2 million at the end of 2005 (excluding whatever equity they have in their $1.65 million Chicago house)." Presumably much of this is from pre-tax royalties of $1.2M for The Audacity of Hope. None of Obama's wealth is inherited. The Obama family's 2007 tax returns indicate a combined income of $4.2M, nearly all from book royalties. They paid $1.4M in federal taxes, with donations of $240K to charity.

Father: Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (economist, b. 18-Jun-1936, d. 24-Nov-1982 automobile accident)
Mother: Stanley Ann Dunham (b. 29-Nov-1942, d. 7-Nov-1995 uterine cancer)
Father: Lolo Soetoro (stepfather, d. 1987)
Sister: Maya Soetoro-Ng (half-sister, history teacher, b. 1971)
Brother: George Obama (half-brother, Kenyan)
Brother: Mark Ndesandjo (novelist, half-brother by Obama Sr's third wife)
Wife: Michelle Obama (m. 3-Oct-1992, two daughters)
Daughter: Malia Ann (b. 4-Jul-1998)
Daughter: Natasha ("Sasha", b. 10-Jun-2001)

    High School: Punahou School, Honolulu, HI (1979)
    University: Occidental College
    University: BA Political Science, Columbia University (1983)
    Law School: JD, Harvard Law School (1991)
    Lecturer: Constitutional Law, University of Chicago (1992-2004)

    US President (2009-)
    US Senator, Illinois (2005-08, resigned)
    Illinois State Senate 13th (1997-2004)
    Sidley Austin summer associate
    Baskin-Robbins teen years
    Harvard Law Review President
    Hillary Clinton for President $2,300 (Jun-2008)
    Joyce Foundation Board of Directors (1994-2001)
    Obama for America Candidate
    Obama for Congress 2000 Candidate
    Obama for Illinois Candidate
    Obama Victory Fund 2012 Candidate
    Priorities USA Beneficiary
    Grammy 2008 for The Audacity of Hope (spoken word)
    Grammy 2006 for Dreams From My Father (spoken word)
    Nobel Peace Prize 2009
    Silver Buffalo 2010
    Time Person of the Year 2008
    Time Person of the Year 2012
    Funeral: Tim Russert (2008)
    Funeral: Ted Kennedy (2009)
    Funeral: Robert Byrd (2010)
    Funeral: Nelson Mandela (2013)
    Dubya Nickname Rock, 'Bama
    Secret Service Codename Renegade
    Kenyan Ancestry Paternal
    Risk Factors: Marijuana, Cocaine, Former Smoker

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    America (4-Jul-2014) · Himself
    Mitt (17-Jan-2014) · Himself
    War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (19-Apr-2013) · Himself
    Ethos (10-Feb-2011) · Himself
    By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (7-Aug-2009) · Himself
    Tanner on Tanner (5-Oct-2004) · Himself

Official Website:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president_obama/

Author of books:
Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995, memoir)
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (2006, nonfiction)


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