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Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961. He served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois before winning the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in the 2008 United States presidential election and later winning the presidency against Republican Party candidate John McCain.
Barack Obama is the first black American to be nominated by any major American political party for president. As a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 until 2004. At the University of Chicago Law School, he taught constitutional law from 1992 to 2004. After losing a bid for a seat in the House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for a U.S. Senate run in 2003. After a primary victory in March 2004, he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He was elected to the Senate later that year with a 70 percent vote.
As a member of the 109th Congress, he helped create legislation which set to control conventional weapons and promote public accountability of federal funds. He made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. As part of the 110th Congress, he created legislation on lobbying, electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for U.S. Military personnel. He announced his presidential campaign in February 2007 and selected Joe Biden as his running mate and eventual vice president.
On November 4, 2008 Barack Obama won both the popular and electoral vote. He was sworn in on January 20, 2008 and became the first black President of the United States of America.
Since taking office, he has dealt with a wide economic recession, ended the Iraq War, and implimented ObamaCare.
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