Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office.
|44th President of the United States|
January 20, 2009
|United States Senator
|January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008|
|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 13th district
|January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004|
|Born||Barack Hussein Obama II
August 4, 1961
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Michelle Robinson (m. 1992–present)|
|Children||Malia Obama (daughter), Sasha Obama (daughter)|
|Alma mater||Occidental College
Harvard Law School
President Barack Obama received the most votes for a presidential candidate in American history, and won the popular and electoral vote by the largest margin in 12 years, as well as the largest percentage of the popular vote for a Democrat in nearly a half-century.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Barack Obama is using two bibles for his 2013 swearing in ceremony, the one used by President Abraham Lincoln at his inauguration, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “traveling” bible.
- With more than one million in attendance, Barack Obama’s first inaugural in 2009 drew the largest gathering of people to any event in the history of Washington.
Video » 44th President of the United States and delivered his Inaugural Address
January 20, 2009
Barack Obama, elected the 44th President of the United States, has lived a truly American life, and has opened a new chapter in American politics. The download publication tells the story of Obama’s life, describes how he captured the presidency, and portrays his vision for the future. It also introduces readers to the Obama family and to the new Vice President, Joseph Biden.
Barack Obama’s unique biography and successful campaign for the U.S. presidency have opened a new chapter in U.S. politics. President Obama, the first African-American president of the United States, brings a life story unlike that of any previous U.S. leader. The biracial son of a Kenyan father and a white mother from the American heartland, Obama shot to national prominence with a well-received keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, the same year he was elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of Illinois. Just four years later, he rose to the top of a field crowded with Democratic heavyweights to clinch his party’s nomination for the White House and win the
President Obama publicly takes the oath from Roberts at Monday's inauguration
President Barack Obama is first two-term president to take oath of office four times.
2009 Second oath ceremony
Much public discussion arose about the missteps in administering and reciting the oath. Several constitutional scholars said that Obama should retake the oath. Boston University constitutional scholar Jack Beerman suggested that while the courts would likely never even consider a challenge, he would still advise Obama to retake the oath if he were his lawyer since "the Constitution says what he's supposed to say." Although Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, indicated at first that President Obama did not plan to retake the oath, Chief Justice Roberts agreed to re-administer the oath at the request of White House counsel Greg Craig. The second oath ceremony took place on the evening of January 21, 2009 in the Map Room of the White House before a small audience of presidential aides, reporters and a White House photographer. Craig said that the White House ultimately decided to re-administer the oath out of an abundance of caution. Craig added that "the oath of office was administered effectively and ... the President was sworn in appropriately ... But the oath appears in the Constitution itself." No Bible was present during the retake of the inauguration.
Video » President Obama takes the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol and delivers his second inaugural address
Jan 21, 2013
The oath of office is historically taken on Jan. 20, officially the first day of a presidential term. But since the 20th fell on a Sunday, the public ceremony was scheduled for the 21st.
President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in for a second term by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Next to Obama are first lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson Family Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha.
Vice President Joe Biden was sworn for his second term early Sunday at his residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory by justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic to administer a presidential oath. According to the New York Times, Biden "used the same 19th-century family Bible he has used in every swearing-in ceremony since he entered the Senate in 1973."
THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
Barack H. Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and
Cooperation between peoples"
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