The Many Presidential Firsts of Barack Obama

The Many Presidential Firsts of Barack Obama

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961. As a college student, he was an outspoken activist, and he went on to become a community organizer on Chicago's South Side. His political career took him from the Illinois Senate to the U.S. Senate, and ultimately to the White House. When he was elected in 2008, he became the first African-American president of the United States.

President Obama's Firsts

Did you know Obama is the first U.S. president to regularly use email?

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Obama has made more trips abroad than any other U.S. president. (0:10)

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    Obama was the first U.S. president to be on Twitter, and until Ellen Degeneres's Oscar selfie, his victory tweet in 2012 was the most retweeted tweet ever. (0:42)

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    Obama is the first U.S. president to be born outside the continental U.S.—he was born in Hawaii. (1:50)

A Biography of Barack Obama

Hear about the president's personal history.

Obama's Oratory

What makes President Obama an effective speaker?

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