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The 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama II is the first African American president of the United States. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961, Barack Obama first worked in the business sector after graduating from Columbia University in New York city in 1983. However, after working with a number of community groups in Chicago, Barack Obama decided to add to his existing degree in political science by studying law at Harvard.

Enrolling at Harvard Law School in fall of 1988, Barack Obama proved to be an accomplished student. Editing the Harvard Law review, Obama became the journals first black president shortly before the end of his second year at the university.

Later working as a civil rights attorney, Barack Obama first entered office in 1997 after being elected as Illinois State Senator. Successfully gaining bipartisan support for a number of heath care reforms and tax credit programs, Obama was also a vocal in his opposition to the U.S. lead Iraq war.

Quickly becoming a rising star of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama entered the 2004 race for the U.S. Senate, winning against Republican rival Alan Keyes with 70% of the vote. Collaborating on notable legislation such as a bill with Republican Senator Richard Lugar, designed to facilitate the destruction of weapons of mass destruction in Russia and Eastern Europe, Obama also championed better veterans’ benefits.

Announcing his candidacy for the 2008 presidency in February 2007, Barack Obama ran during the primaries against fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton and follow that against Republican John McCain. Winning the election with 52.9% of the vote, Obama’s first challenge was to address and attempt to mitigate fallout from the then global financial collapse.

Steps taken by the Obama administration included cutting taxes on working families and putting housing and credit on life support. Many economists credit the administration’s stimulus plans for subsequent growth in the U.S. Economy. At the same time, the Obama administration in 2008 reformed U.S. foreign policy and began attempting to reengage in diplomatic discussion with countries like Cuba and Venezuela. These steps and overall growth in the U.S. economy, resulted in Barack Obama managing to weather controversy in regard to Obama-led legislation such as the Affordable Care Act and U.S. involvement in Libya in 2012, in order to win a second term in 2012, against Republican nominee for the White House Mitt Romney.

Focusing in his second term on tackling marriage equality, climate change and gun control, Barack Obama suffered sliding popularity during his second term, particularly in regard to revelations concerning the U.S. National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs and controversy surrounding the detail and implementation of Obama’s Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare”.

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