Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States and the first African American President. His first political role was as a Member of the Illinois Senate from 1997-2004. In 2005 he was elected as a United States Senator from Illinois. He began his presidential campaign in 1997 and, after winning the 2008 presidential election, was inaugurated in 2009. Before his time in federal politics, Obama worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught law at the University of Chicago Law School.
Where did Barack Obama attend college?
Barack Obama graduated from the college preparatory school Punahou School in Hawaii in 1979. He attended this school from the 5th grade with the aid of a scholarship. After graduation he moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College. In 1981 he transferred to Columbia University in New York City. At Columbia University he majored in political science with international relations as his specialty. He graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts. After working in a variety of different positions he entered Harvard Law School in 1988. He graduated with honors (magna cum laude)in 1991.
Did you know?
At the end of his first year at Harvard, Obama was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and the next year he became the first black president of the journal. This appointment gained him national media attention and led to a publishing contract! He published the autobiographical book “Dreams from My Father” in 1995.