Barack Obama
Updated November 2011
44th President of the United States of America

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.

Timeline

Senior Lecturer in Law

  • University of Chicago Law School
  • Jan 1, 1993 - Dec 31, 2004

State Senator

  • State of Illinois
  • Nov 1, 1997 - Nov 14, 2004

US Senator (IL-D)

  • United States Senate
  • Jan 1, 2005 - Nov 5, 2008

President

  • United States of America
  • Jan 20, 2009 - Current

Dreams of My Father

  • Book Published
  • Jul 18, 1995

Malia Ann

  • Daughter Born
  • Jul 4, 1998

Natasha

  • Daughter Born
  • Jun 10, 2001

Wins!

  • US Presidential Election
  • Nov 4, 2008
  • Barack Obama wins the US Presidential Election and becomes the first African-American President of the United States

Sworn In

  • Inauguration
  • Jan 20, 2009
  • Sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice John G. Roberts while holding the Lincoln Bible

Keynote Address

  • 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

  • Legislation
  • 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

  • Nomination
  • 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

  • Legislation
  • 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.”

Elena Kagan

  • Nomination
  • 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

  • Legislation
  • 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

  • Legislation
  • 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

  • Announcement
  • May 2, 2011
Percentage
98%
of U.S. residents would have access to high-speed mobile broadband service within five years under a plan proposed by President Barack Obama
Vital Stats
1
Nobel Peace Prize
2
Supreme Court Justices Nominated and Confirmed
3
Best Selling Books
10896675
Twitter Followers (and Growing!)
23862584
Facebook Fans (and Growing!)
Job Duties

Quote
Pastimes
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Education
JD'91
Harvard Law School
Jurisprudence
Magna Cum Laude
First African-American Editor of Law Review (1990)
BA'83
Columbia University
Political Science