Barack Obama (1961 – ) [cite this] More images » Life in Brief: Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States—becoming the first African American to serve in that office—on January 20, 2009. The son of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, Obama grew up in Hawaii. Leavi… more life in brief » Essays about Barack Obama Life in Brief Life in Brief: Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States—becoming the first African American to serve in that office—on January 20, 2009. The son of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, Obama grew up in Hawaii. Leaving the state to attend college, he earned degrees … Life Before the Presidency Life Before the Presidency: Barack Hussein Obama II was born on August 4, 1961, in Hawaii. His parents, who met as students at the University of Hawaii, were Ann Dunham, a white American from Kansas, and Barack Obama, Sr., a black Kenyan studying in the United States. Obama's father left the family when Obama was two and, … Campaigns and Elections Campaigns and Elections: Obama's election to the Senate instantly made him the highest-ranking African American officeholder in the country and, along with the excitement generated by his convention speech and his books (Dreams from my Father, brought back into print, joined The Audacity of Hope on the bestseller li…Domestic Affairs Domestic Affairs: Presidential Transition and Appointments Since 1933, when the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution moved up the date of the President’s inauguration from March 4 to January 20, new Presidents-elect have had about eleven weeks to make the transition from candidate to President. Seve…Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs: In addition to inheriting an economy in severe recession when he took office, President Obama inherited two wars, one in Iraq and the other in Afghanistan. A long time opponent of President George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003, Obama promised during the election campaign to withdraw …Family Life Family Life: When Barack Obama celebrates America's racial and cultural diversity, he speaks from a lifetime of personal experience. In The Audacity of Hope, he wrote: "As the child of a black man and a white woman, someone who was born in the racial melting pot of Hawaii, with a sister who’s half-… About His Administration First Lady Michelle Obama Vice President Joseph Biden Secretary of State John F. Kerry (2013- ) Hillary Rodham Clinton (2009-2013) Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter (2015- ) Chuck Hagel (2013-2015) Leon E. Panetta (2011-2013) Robert M. Gates (2009-2011) Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (2013- ) Ken L. Salazar (2009-2013) Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch (2015- ) Eric H. Holder (2009-2015) Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew (2013- ) Timothy F. Geithner (2009-2013) Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell (2014- ) Kathleen Sebelius (2009-2014) Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez (2013- ) Hilda L. Solis (2009-2013) Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker (2013- ) John Bryson (2011-2012) Gary Locke (2009-2011) Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (2009- ) Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (2009- ) Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2013- ) Steven Chu (2009-2013) Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (2013- ) Janet Napolitano (2009-2013) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro (2014- ) Shaun Donovan (2009-2014) Secretary of Transportion Anthony Foxx (2013- ) Ray LaHood (2009-2013) Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald (2014- ) Eric Shinseki (2009-2014) Facts about Barack Obama Term: 44th President of the United States (2009 – ) Born: August 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii Political Party: Democrat Nickname: “Barry” Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1983), Harvard (J.D., 1991) Religion: Christian Marriage: October 3, 1992 to Michelle Robinson Children: Malia Ann (1998); Natasha, known as Sasha (2001) Career: Community Organizer, Public Official WritingsDreams from My Father (1995); The Audacity of Hope (2006) Barack Obama Image Gallery More images » It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America. November 4, 2008 Citation Information Consulting Editor Michael Nelson Professor Nelson is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Miller Center. He has published twenty-three books, including: The Elections of 2008 (CQ Press, 2009) The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776–2007 (with Sidney Milkis, CQ Press, 2007) How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation (with John Lyman Mason, LSU Press, 2008), which won the V.O. Key Award for Outstanding Book on Southern Politics. « George W. Bush American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!