The Life and Times of Barack Obama

It's been an incredible journey for Barack Obama, from his childhood years growing up in Hawaii and Indonesia to becoming the 44th president—and first African-American president—of the United States. Click to see more defining moments from his life.

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It's been an incredible journey for Barack Obama, from his childhood years growing up in Hawaii and Indonesia to becoming the 44th president—and first African-American president—of the United States. Click to see more defining moments from his life.
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Barack Hussein Obama II was born on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The name Barack means "blessed" in Arabic.
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Barack Obama's father, also named Barack Obama, was from Kenya. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham is from Wichita, Kansas. The pair met while Barack Sr.—who was raised a goat herder—was studying on scholarship at the University of Hawaii in Manoa.
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After divorcing her first husband, Ann Dunham married Lolo Soetoro, a student from Indonesia. Obama is pictured with his mother, stepfather and stepsister Maya Soetoro. After living in Indonesia for four years, Obama's mother—concerned with her son's safety and education—sent 10-year-old Barack back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents.
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Obama plays on the beach with his maternal grandfather Stanley Armour Dunham in the 1960s.
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Obama's father left the family to study at Harvard when Barack was just 2 years old. He returned to Kenya in 1965, only to see his son again during a brief visit in 1971. The elder Barack Obama lost his legs in a car accident, and later lost his life in another car accident in 1982 in Nairobi.
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Barack Obama shoots the ball while playing as a guard for the state champion Punahou School basketball team in Hawaii in 1979.
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Barack Obama escorts Laura Kong during the graduation ceremony at Punahou School in May 1979 in Honolulu.
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Obama is pictured in 1979 during his high school graduation in Hawaii with his maternal grandparents, Stanley Armour Dunham and his wife Madelyn Payne, both natives of Kansas.
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After studying two years at Occidental College in L.A., Obama transferred to Columbia University where he received his degree in political science. After working several years in the business sector and doing community organizing, he attended Harvard Law School.
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Barack Obama poses in the office of The Harvard Law Review in February 1990 after being named President of The Harvard Law Review. He was the first African-American president of the prestigious student-run journal.
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Obama met his future wife Michelle Robinson after his first year at Harvard while he was a summer associate at a corporate law firm in Chicago. Michelle, another Harvard law graduate, was his adviser. Here they're shown on their wedding day on Oct. 18, 1992, in Chicago.
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The president and first lady have two daughters Malia, now 13, and Sasha, now 11.
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After Harvard, Obama worked as a civil rights lawyer with Miner, Barnhill & Galland, and taught constitutional law at University of Chicago.
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Obama was elected to the Chicago State Senate in 1996. Four years later he lost the Democratic primary for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He's seen here giving his concession speech.
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But it was victory again in 2004. Obama and his family are covered in confetti after he delivered his acceptance speech in Chicago in November 2004. Obama, only the fifth black U.S. Senator to be elected in history, defeated Republican Alan Keyes in the nation's first Senate race with two black major-party candidates.
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The summer after his U.S. Senate win, Obama delivered the keynote speech supporting John Kerry at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Mass. Obama was an obscure state senator from Illinois at the time. The speech—which captured the attention of politicians and the public alike—paved the way for a presidential run.
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Then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama published his second book, "The Audacity of Hope," in 2006. The book quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. His first book "Dreams From My Father" was published in 1995.
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Obama walks down the beach with his daughters Malia and Sasha during a vacation to Hawaii in August 2008.
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U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, Vice President-Elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill greet supporters during an election night party in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 4, 2008.
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Supporters celebrate Sen. Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America, in Hutchinson Field in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, November 29, 2008.
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President-Elect Barack Obama introduces former political rival Senator Hillary Clinton as his choice for secretary of state during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel in December 2008 in Chicago, Ill.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Inaugural Ball in downtown Washington, D.C. in Dec. 20, 2009.
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Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynn welcome Barack and Michelle Obama, and Joe and Jill Biden, to a coffee morning with congressional leaders in the Blue Room of the White House before he's sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Barack Obama, joined by his wife Michelle, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States.
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U.S. President Barack Obama waves to guests at a campaign rally at the Virginia Commonwealth University in May in Richmond, Virg., after officially kicking off his 2012 campaign for reelection.
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President Barack Obama waves after speaking at a campaign event, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Rochester, N.H., at Rochester Commons
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