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Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold this office.


President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. His father was from Kenya and his mother was from Kansas. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton's army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.


Barack worked his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans. President Obama later moved to Chicago, where he worked with churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.


Barack attended Harvard Law School, where he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.


President Obama's style of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world's most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.


As president Obama has inherited the Iraq War which he opposes, a recession, and a polarized political culture. He is also the fifth in a line of presidents beginning with Ronald Reagan to not recognize a Chemical Assault Scorched Earth and a prevalence of convergent totalitarianism.


He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of two daughters, Malia and Sasha 7.


On October 9, 2009 Barack Obama was chosen to receive the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. This distinguishment was a surprise to Obama as many other actors in the international community.


The rationality by the Nobel Organization was the Obama has created an atmosphere of dialog in nuclear deterrence vis a vis with Mahmoud Achminejead of Iran in constraining their nuclear energy program from weaponizing uranium.


Barack Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize on December 19, 2009 in Oslo, Norway giving a speech that focused on his being a commander in chief at war in two theatres, the use of jus belle, and the evolution of institutions to create peace.


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The Obama Cabinet
Office Name Term
President Barack Obama 2009 present
Vice President Joe Biden 2009 present
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 2009 2013
John Kerry 2013 present
Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner 2009 2013
Jack Lew 2013 present
Secretary of Defense Bob Gates+ 2006 2011
Leon Panetta 2011 2013
Chuck Hagel 2013 2015
Ash Carter 2015 present
Attorney General Eric Holder 2009 2015
Loretta Lynch 2015 present
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar 2009 2013
Sally Jewell 2013 present
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack 2009 present
Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke 2009 2011
John Bryson 2011 2012
Penny Pritzker 2013 present
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis 2009 2013
Thomas Perez 2013 present
Secretary of Health and
Human Services
Kathleen Sebelius 2009 2014
Sylvia Burwell 2014 present
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan 2009 2016
John King 2016 present
Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development
Shaun Donovan 2009 2014
Julian Castro 2014 present
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood 2009 2013
Anthony Foxx 2013 present
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu 2009 2013
Ernest Moniz 2013 present
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki 2009 2014
Bob McDonald 2014 present
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano 2009 2013
Jeh Johnson 2013 present
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel 2009 2010
William Daley 2011 2012
Jack Lew 2012 2013
Denis McDonough 2013 present
Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency
Lisa Jackson 2009 2013
Gina McCarthy 2013 present
Director of the Office of
Management and Budget
Peter Orszag 2009 2010
Jack Lew 2010 2012
Sylvia Burwell 2013 2014
Shaun Donovan 2014 present
Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice 2009 2013
Samantha Power 2013 present
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk 2009 2013
Michael Froman 2013 present
+Retained from previous administration
++Elevated to cabinet-level in January 2012
++Retained from previous administration, but remained at post for one day following Obama's inauguration