Barack Obama: The 44th President Of The United States

Barack Obama: The 44th President Of The United States

On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, and the first ever African-American president. Four years after first cementing his legacy in history, Barack Obama was reelected on November 6, 2012. Born in lush Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama graduated from Harvard Law School, taught civil rights law, and solidified his roots as a community organizer in Chicago's south side neighborhoods. It was there that he would plant the seeds of his future government career with the state and national Senate -- and it was in Chicago that Obama met and fell in love with the woman who would become the First Lady, Michelle. During his presidency, Obama's military captured long-time terrorist and head of Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden; overturned the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy; and helped create pathways for children of immigrants to live the American dream. However, Obama certainly hasn't pleased everyone. Actions regarding health care overhaul, foreign policy, Iraq and Afghanistan, and economic uncertainty are all topics often cited as failures by his critics. But regardless of public or private opinion of President Barack Obama, the two terms of his presidency are sure to inspire many future leaders and agents of change. Will they want to emulate him, or make up for what they feel were his shortcomings? Only time will tell. Check out these videos and decide for yourself: What do you think of Barack Obama?

A Biography Of Barack Obama

A short video detailing the life and career of President Obama.

Barack Obama's Chicago Roots

Though born in Hawaii, Obama was, in many ways shaped by Chicago.

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How Obama Won The Presidential Race

The 3 things you may not have known about Obama's reelection.

Why It's Important That Obama Loves Science

He's mentioned science in a State Of The Union address, and that's important.

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