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Barack Obama, JD Biography

44th President of the United States
Pro to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"

“A higher education is the single best investment you can make in your future. And I’m proud of all the students who are making that investment. And that’s not just me saying it. Look, right now, the unemployment rate for Americans with at least a college degree is about one-third lower than the national average. The incomes of folks who have at least a college degree are more than twice those of Americans without a high school diploma… This is something that everybody knows you need — a college education.”

Remarks to students at the State University of New York at Buffalo,, Aug. 22, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 19, 2016
  • Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2009
  • Recipient, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (for the audiobook edition of his book The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream), 2008
  • Member, Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006
  • Former member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Former member, Foreign Relations Committee
  • Former member, Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
  • Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004
  • Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Recipient, Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
  • Community Organizer, Chicago, 1985
  • Former Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 1983
  • Attended Occidental College
  • Graduated, Punahou School, HI, 1979
  • First African-American President of the United States
  • First US President to chair a session of the United Nations Security Council
  • First African-American President of the Harvard Law Review
  • First US President born in Hawaii, and first US President born outside the continental United States
  • Named Person of the Year (2008) and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World (2005) by TIME magazine
  • Named one of the 10 People Who Will Change the World, New Statesman, 2005
  • Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and
  • Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Recipient, Monarch Award for Outstanding Public Service, 1994
  • Recipient, 40 Under 40 Award, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1993
  • Married Michelle Robinson, JD, on Oct. 3, 1992
  • Has two children, Malia Ann (born 1998) and Natasha (“Sasha,” born 2001)
  • Legal name is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.
  • Born at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Honolulu, HI on Aug. 4, 1961
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