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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.
President Barack Obama stops for photos after speaking at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton to a crowd of 11,000 supporters joined by award-winning artist Stevie Wonder at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida, United States - Sunday 6th November 2016
The president talked about the Republican candidate on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'.
We don't know how many mics President Barack Obama has broken in his lifetime from his numerous mic-drop moments but we're guessing it's probably a lot. His latest was his response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's 'Mean Tweet' about him, which he read out on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'.
Donald Trump is shut down by Barack Obama
So it was actually more of a phone-drop moment to be precise, but nonetheless Obama nailed his Trump comeback when he appeared on a segment of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' called 'Mean Tweets', where celebrities read out the funniest put-downs that have been directed at them on Twitter.
Continue reading: President Barack Obama Shut Down Donald Trump's Mean Tweet In 9 Words
The actor and the President enter into a discussion about tackling the nation's carbon footprint.
Leonardo Dicaprio joined President Barack Obama and atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe in a conversation about global warming during a new event called South by South Lawn (SXSL) at the White House. He was also there to promote his new climate change documentary 'Before the Flood'.
Leonardo DiCaprio talks global issues with Barack Obama
'The Revenant' actor moderated the conference last night (October 3rd 2016) in Washington, D.C., where they talked about the work that was already being done within the US and around the world to tackle the issue, and what we can expect from the world if certain other changes are not made soon under the new presidential leadership.
President Obama addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations New York, United States - Tuesday 20th September 2016
The day Michelle elected Barack as her future husband.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are one of the most-loved power couples in the world, but did you ever wonder how these two influential and strong-minded human beings got together? 'Southside With You' reveals it was as simple as ice cream and a movie.
Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star in 'Southside With You'
Written and directed by Richard Tanne in his directorial debut; a filmmaker who is also due to write the screenplay for Julius Caesar biopic 'The Roman'; the story was first envisaged in 2007. The Obamas have never shied away from discussing their personal and family lives, which is what makes them so well-loved. 'Southside With You' explores how this couple; Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson as she was known at the time; first came together after meeting at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin in 1989.
Another showstopping year from the Austin, Texas entertainment bonanza.
Another SXSW has come and gone and it has definitely been one to remember. As well as the usual display of all the best music to keep tabs on for the rest of the year, there were some brilliant films being premiered and some particularly interesting speakers at this year's SXSW Interactive. Plus, there were some major surprises which were, ironically, only to be expected.
Drake performed a surprise set at Fader Fort
First off, there were rumours all over the place that Drake was going to appear for a surprise set at SXSW this year and indeed we weren't disappointed. It wasn't long after Yo Gotti left the stage at Fader Fort on Saturday (March 19th) that the 'Hotline Bling' hitmaker appeared for his OVO Sound set. He wasn't the only one to take to the mic though as several other artists from his new label project including DVSN, Wood$, Majid Jordan and PartyNextDoor also joined him to showcase the Toronto based Warner Music Group imprint. Drake himself played six songs (sadly none of which were his aforementioned hit) such as 'Energy' and 'Know Yourself'.
Continue reading: Drake, Obama And Willie Nelson: Here Are The Highlights Of SXSW 2016
It was the last 'In Performance at The White House' of Obama's presidency, and featured performances from Usher and Demi Lovato.
Despite his grave assurances that he would NOT be singing at the start of the evening, President Obama couldn’t help but be swept along at a star-studded tribute event for the music of Ray Charles at the White House.
Paying tribute to the late singer, who died in 2004, the President led the crowd in a sing-a-long during filming the final episode of the current series of ‘In Performance at The White House’ on Wednesday (February 25th), and the last such event of his presidency.
The Ray Charles tribute evening was the last of Obama's 'In Performance at The White House' series
Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) creates a riveting portrait of the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. And it's her amazing story and magnetic personality that holds the attention, rather than the way Guggenheim reorders her life to punch the emotional buttons. Malala is a genuinely inspirational figure who has spent her entire life trying to make the world a better place. And she's still only 18.
The film explores her childhood in Swat Valley, northern Pakistan, where she was named by her father Ziauddin after a 19th century Afghan heroine who led the Pashtun fighters against British interlopers and was shot in the process. As a school teacher, Ziauddin instilled in Malala a love of education, so when the Taliban began to close schools to girls, she began speaking out, first anonymously in a blog and then bravely expressing herself in public amid threats of violence. And the Taliban responded by trying to kill her. She was shot in the head, but survived and fled to England with her family, where she recovered and continues to travel the world speaking eloquently about issues relating to education and refugees.
In its fly-on-the-wall segments in England, the film reveals Malala to be a fairly typical teen, engaging in cheeky rivalry with her younger brothers Kushai and Atal, who tease her about her crush on Roger Federer. And she also has a very strong bond with her father and her mother Toor, who has a moving story of her own. Intercut with this are scenes of Malala meeting world leaders including Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II, plus journalists like Jon Stewart. Clearly this young woman was a gifted speaker even before she was propelled onto the global stage, passionately discussing the right to education and the truth about her faith. "Islam teaches me humanity, equality and forgiveness," she says. "The Taliban aren't Muslims. They're not about faith, but power."
Continue reading: He Named Me Malala Review
The President offered Yeezy a few words of advice about politics during a fundraiser in San Francisco, at which the rapper later performed.
Obama was speaking at a morning fund-raising event in front of 1,300 people in California on Saturday (October 10th), at which Kanye was scheduled to perform after his speech. Of course, the rapper announced his plan to run for the highest office in the land in four years’ time at the MTV VMAs back in August, and the President took the opportunity to refer to that.
“In a little while you are going to hear from a guy who is thinking about getting into politics,” Obama said at San Francisco’s iconic Warfield Theater, “it couldn’t get any stranger.”
Continue reading: Barack Obama Offers Advice To Kanye West About Being President
Ever wondered what tunes Obama plays in the Oval Office?
The White House and President Barack Obama have become the latest in a list of high profile names to launch an official channel on Spotify so we can all share the same summer jams as the most powerful man in the world. Launching on Friday, President Obama has already shared two playlists, ‘The President's Summer Playlist: Day’ and ‘The President's Summer Playlist: Night’.
President Obama is now on Spotify.
Obama’s day mix includes an elliptic mix of genres and artists including The Temptations, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Bob Marley. But showing he’s still current the president has also included Justin Timberlake’s ‘Pusher Love Girl’, Florence + The Machine with ‘Shake It Out’ and John Legend and André 3000’s ‘Green Light’.
Continue reading: President Barack Obama Shares What He Likes To Listen To On Spotify
The follow-up to 'Yeezus' has been over two years in the making, and one fan decided to ask President Obama to use his executive powers to force Kanye to release it.
Barack Obama will not be using his presidential powers to order Kanye West to release his long-awaited new album – despite a petition lobbying the White House to do so achieving over 100,000 signatures, according to Billboard.
Kanye hasn’t released a single in over five months, since he dropped a taster for his upcoming seventh album Swish called ‘All Day’ back on March 2nd, and the wait proved to be too much for one fan who started a petition on the White House’s ‘We The People’ website on Wednesday (August 12th) which quickly gained the requisite amount of signatures within a day to force the President to respond to it.
Kanye West is still scheduled to release his 7th album 'Swish' in 2015
James Woods filed a law suit on Wednesday (29th July) against an anonymous Twitter who alleged Woods had taken an illegal drug.
James Woods has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against an anonymous Twitter user. The 68-year-old actor and his legal representatives filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (29th July).
James Woods at 52nd New York Film Festival in September 2014.
Date of birth
4th August, 1961
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