In 2004 Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat, representing Illinois, and he gained national attention by giving a rousing and well-received keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. In 2008 he ran for President, and despite having only four years of national political experience, he won. In January 2009, he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, and the first African-American ever elected to that position.
Senior Lecturer in Law
- University of Chicago Law School
- Jan 1, 1993 - Dec 31, 2004
- State of Illinois
- Nov 1, 1997 - Nov 14, 2004
US Senator (IL-D)
- United States Senate
- Jan 1, 2005 - Nov 5, 2008
- United States of America
- Jan 20, 2009 - Current
Dreams of My Father
- Book Published
- Jul 18, 1995
- Daughter Born
- Jul 4, 1998
- Daughter Born
- Jun 10, 2001
- US Presidential Election
- Nov 4, 2008
- Barack Obama wins the US Presidential Election and becomes the first African-American President of the United States
- Jan 20, 2009
- Sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice John G. Roberts while holding the Lincoln Bible
- Democratic National Convention
- Jul 27, 2004
- Gives keynote address at Democratic National Convention on July 27, which widely broadens his popularity and fame.
Signs Economic Stimulus Bill
- Feb 17, 2009
- President Obama signs a $787 billion stimulus bill into law after a partisan legislative battle. The final package of spending increases and tax relief draws only three supporting votes from Republicans in the Senate and none in the House.
Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court
- May 26, 2009
- President Obama announces that he will nominate Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals judge in New York, to the Supreme Court, choosing a daughter of Puerto Rican parents who was raised in a Bronx public housing project to become the nation's first Hispanic justice.
Signs Health Care Law
- Mar 23, 2010
- With the strokes of 22 pens, President Obama signed his landmark health care overhaul — the most expansive social legislation enacted in decades — into law, saying it enshrines “the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.”
- May 10, 2010
- President Obama nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the nation's 112th justice, choosing his own chief advocate before the Supreme Court to join it in ruling on cases critical to his view of the country's future. She would replace Justice John Paul Stevens.
Signs Legislation Overhauling Financial Rules
- Jul 21, 2010
- Signs into law a sweeping expansion of federal financial regulation, marking another major legislative victory before the midterm elections in November.
Signs Compromise Tax Plan
- Dec 17, 2010
- President Obama signs the sweeping $858 billion tax bill into law, the culmination of a lawmaking process that featured intensive negotiations with Republicans and loud expressions of frustration from Democrats.
Death of bin Laden
- May 2, 2011
“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”Barack ObamaInaugural Address, 2009
“If we think that we can secure our country by just talking tough without acting tough and smart, then we will misunderstand this moment and miss its opportunities. If we think that we can use the same partisan playbook where we just challenge our opponent's patriotism to win an election, then the American people will lose. The times are too serious for this kind of politics.”Barack ObamaAugust 19, 2008
“What the American people hope -– what they deserve -– is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds, different stories, different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. The aspirations they hold are shared: a job that pays the bills; a chance to get ahead; most of all, the ability to give their children a better life.”Barack ObamaState of the Union, 2010
Harvard Law School
Magna Cum Laude
First African-American Editor of Law Review (1990)