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Barack Obama (born 04.08.1961)
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States and is of the Democratic political party.

Childhood: Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents were American anthropologist Stanley Ann Dunham, and Kenyan governmental economist Barack Obama, Sr. They divorced in 1964. After his father moved back to Kenya, Barack was only visited by him once before he died in a car accident in 1982. When his mother remarried, they moved to his stepfather's home country of Indonesia where Barack went to language schools St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School and Besuki Public School, English-language Calvert School, and was also homeschooled by his mother. He returned to Honolulu in 1971 to live with his grandparents and attended Punahou School where he graduated. He lived with his mother again when she returned for three years, but stayed with his grandparents when she went back to Indonesia. He had a group of friends called the 'choom gang' with whom he hung around and smoked marijuana. He attended Occidental College where he campaigned for the divestment from South Africa due to the apartheid. He later transferred to Columbia University studying political science and graduated with Bachelor of Arts.

Career: Barack Obama became director of the church-based Developing Communities Project in Chicago after graduating where he helped set up a job training program, a college tutoring program and a tenants' rights program. In 1988, he went to Harvard Law School and became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review which made national press and landed him with a publishing deal for his memoirs 'Dreams from My Father' which he released in 1995. In 1991, he became a Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School while working on his book, before becoming a lecturer there for 12 years. In 1992, he was a director for Illinois's Project Vote, and oversaw the registering of 150,000 out of 400,000 African Americans to vote in Illinois. In 1996, he succeeded Alice Palmer as Illinois's 13th district State Senator. He supported a law for more tax credits for workers on a low income and a welfare reform. He was re-elected in 1998 and 2002 but lost the position for the 1st district. In 2003, he became chairman of the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee and enforced the monitoring of racial profiling in the police force. He resigned from the Illinois Senate in 2004 after being elected to the US Senate. He opposed George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq. His election led to the reissue of his memoir, 'Dreams from My Father' and he delivered the keynote address at that year's Democratic National Convention which was extremely well-received. He resigned from the Senate in 2008. After announcing that he was running for Presidency in 2007, he emphasized issues of ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence and providing health care for all. In 2008, he won the presidency with 365 votes to 173 for John McCain and became the first African American president. In 2011, he began his re-election campaign for 2012 with a video entitled 'It Begins with Us'. He was almost unopposed with other democrat candidates. At the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton nominated Obama and Joe Biden as the Democratic candidates for president and vice president with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as their republican opponents. In 2012, he won 332 electoral votes and was subsequently re-elected with 51% of the vote. Throughout his Presidency, he has attempted to close the controversial detainment camp Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, he has signed a Hate Crimes Prevention Act, appealed for homosexual people to be allowed to join the Armed Forces and supported the legalisation of same-sex marriage. In 2009, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Personal life: Barack Obama married Michelle Robinson in 1992 and had two daughters; Malia Ann and Natasha. They have a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo, which they were given by Senator Ted Kennedy, and they live in Kenwood, Chicago. He is a Christian. He supports the baseball team, Chicago White Sox. He plays basketball and he is left-handed.



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Woman's Children Both Share Birthdays With Royal Babies


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Monika Tano from Birmingham gave birth to her daughter Liliana on 22 July, 2013 - the same day Prince George was born - and now she's celebrating the coincidence again, reports ITV News. Her second daughter Aurelia arrived at 1.47am this morning (Saturday 2 May) at Birmingham Women's Hospital - just under eight hours before The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl. 

Monika said, "It feels amazing to have two children who share royal births. It is such a fantastic coincidence."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave St Mary's Hospital with their baby daughterThe proud parents present royal baby No 2

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Barack Obama's, Fox and CNN All Receive Thorough Roasting at White House Correspondents Dinner


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Let's talk about the White House Correspondents dinner - the only event on the political character where you get to laugh at the speeches completely guilt-free. The night included bits and improv by sharp and hilarious comedians like Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key and even Laverne Cox, but also gave the president a chance to do what he does best - be as funny and charming as he wants. 

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One thing is certain - the president knows how to poke fun at himself.

According to his speech,  Obama is bringing a new attitude to the final quarter of his presidency: "Bucket!"

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Azealia Banks Backtracks On Comments About Barack Obama


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Azealia Banks is notorious for making controversial comments but she realised the remarks she made in a recent interview about Barack Obama may have been a step too far. 

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Azealia Banks has caused controversy once again with her comments about Barack Obama.

Read More: Azealia Banks Bares All For Playboy And Blasts America: "I Hate Everything About This Country".

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Kanye West: I Don't Care What He Says, Obama DOES Call Me At Home [Video]


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Far from being abashed that the Obama says he hasn't got his number, Kanye West still insists that he's phone pals with the President. Of course, the Obama must get a lot of people's numbers, but West has never exactly managed a sentence without some exaggeration.

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Kanye West insists he's pals with Obama

It seems, West is STILL insisting that what he told his audience in Oxford was the truth - despite now being called out on it by the President of the United States Barack Obama himself on Jimmy Kimmel Live. 'I love Obama', he told reporters upon arriving at LAX airport recently, looking rather cheerful and not a bit sheepish. 'He called our house before, he knows that. Don't try to pit us against each other!'

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Michelle Obama and Ellen Degeneres Also Like To Move It, Especially to the Tune of "Uptown Funk"


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We didn't think it was possible to pack this much awesomeness into one sentence, but here it is: Michelle Obama and Ellen Degeneres just posted a video of themselves dancing to Uptown Funk. 

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Ellen and the First Lady are actually age-old workout buddies.

It was all in honour of the FOTUS' Let's Move campaign, its five year anniversary, to be precise. So, being the skilled multi-tasker that she is, Mrs. Obama decided to kill two (actually, several) birds with one stone. 

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Conan Goes To Cuba! Host Visits Previously Embargoed Country For Upcoming March Show


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Conan O'Brien is set to make history by becoming the first late night talk show host to shoot in Cuba with his TBS show, as the President of the United States, Barack Obama, continues to strive for better relations with the Caribbean nation.

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Conan O'Brien shows improved US-Cuba relations

The host of 'Conan' spent his Presidents Day weekend over in the Caribbean sun shooting an episode which is set to air on TBS on March 4th 2015. Spending the weekend in the island's capital, Havana, the show marks an end to the 1962 'Embargo on All Trade with Cuba', as president Barack Obama begins to take steps to form an alliance with the country including setting up an embassy in the capital and reducing the amount of travel restrictions between the nations.

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Katy Perry Collaborates With Barack Obama and Abuse Activist Brooke Axtell for Grammy Performance


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Celebrities can use their platforms for more than just album sales, self promotion and controversy – Katy Perry, of all people, proved as much on Sunday night, when she used her Grammy performance – By the Grace of God – to highlight domestic abuse and give a platform to a survivor. Perry was joined onstage by President Barack Obama, who introduced her.

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Katy Perry looking like a beautiful, surreal alien queen at the Grammys.

 

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President Obama Appeals To Grammy Artists To Fight Sexual Violence


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President Barack Obama appeared in a short video, which aired during Sunday's 57th Annual Grammy Awards, to appeal to the music industry's biggest stars to help take prevent sexual violence in America.

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President Obama asked Grammy artists to help in the fight against sexual violence

Obama's message is the latest announcement in the White House's 'It's On Us,' campaign, which targets the prevention of sexual assaults on college campuses. The administration's campaign, which began in September, already has the backing of college sports leagues and other A-List celebrities.

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U.S. Imposes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack


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President Barack Obama has authorised an additional set of sanctions against North Korea in response to the breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

According to NBC News and a statement released by the White House on Friday, the measures come from the Treasury Department, which has targeted three orgnisations and ten North Korean government officials, some of whom work in other countries.

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Barack Obama has announced new sanctions on North Korea following the Sony cyber hack

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'The Interview' Stars Seth Rogen & James Franco Celebrate As Sony Announces Limited Christmas Day Release


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The Interview will be shown in limited cinemas in the US from Christmas Day. Sony Pictures Entertainment has granted the film's release despite threats from hackers directed at cinema goers. Mounting political pressure, including a number of statements released by President Barack Obama, is believed to have contributed to Sony's decision to release The Interview.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen at the Los Angeles premiere of The Interview in December 2014.

Read More: Saturday Night Live: Dr. Evil Had Some Wise Words For The Sony Hackers.

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President Obama Mistakenly Calls James Franco 'James Flacco' During Year End News Conference


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If you thought things were getting a little too heavy surrounding the now not to be released comedy The Interview, then President Obama has certainly lightened the mood after he fluffed star James Franco’s name during his year end news conference.

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Speaking about Sony’s decision not to release the film the President said, "I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco.”

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Democrat Donor Amy Pascal Jokes About Obama's Race in Leaked Email


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Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin joked about President Obama's race in a leaked email conversation, riffing on whether Pascal should ask the President if he liked Django Unchaind, 12 Years a Slave or The Butler [all films featuring prominent roles for African Americans] at a fundraising breakfast hosted by DreamWorks Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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"Would he like to finance some movies," Rudin suggested after Pascal asked what she should ask the President.

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Democrat Donor Amy Pascal Jokes About Obama's Race in Leaked Email


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Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin joked about President Obama's race in a leaked email conversation, riffing on whether Pascal should ask the President if he liked Django Unchaind, 12 Years a Slave or The Butler [all films featuring prominent roles for African Americans] at a fundraising breakfast hosted by DreamWorks Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Chiwetel EjioforHas President Obama seeing '12 Years a Slave'?

"Would he like to finance some movies," Rudin suggested after Pascal asked what she should ask the President.

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Barack And Michelle Obama's First Date To Get The Hollywood Treatment With Upcoming Movie


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The first date between future president of the United States Barack Obama and lawyer Michelle Robinson is to be made into a feature film, according to a report by Deadline. The site writes that the film based couple’s famous first date will beginning shooting next year, with Get On Up’s Tika Sumpter already cast as Michelle.

Barack Obama and wife MichelleThe beginnings of the Obama's love story is set to hit the big screen

The film will be titled Southside with You and is described as a drama in the vein of Before Sunrise. The role of President Obama has yet to be cast.

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Musicians, Celebrities And World Leaders Unite To Fight Poverty At Global Citizen Festival


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So there’s SXSW for the hipsters, Coachella for the fashionable crowd… and then there’s the Global Citizen music festival, which has a different vibe altogether. Held in Central Park, the third annual event featured the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, No Doubt, Sting and fun. The star-packed festival is free to attend and sets itself the ambitious goal of “erasing poverty by 2030.”

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After their On The Run success, Bey and Jay graced the Central Park stage in honor of a good cause.

So here’s how it works. The acts all performed for free, with brief speeches by the likes of Jessica Alba, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde speaking in between performances. It was an exercise in raising awareness and putting pressure on world leaders to enact more effective policies on equality. Attendees were also encouraged to take the pledge, which would earn them points to put towards VIP entry.

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