- NAME: Barack Obama
- OCCUPATION: Lawyer, U.S. President, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: August 04, 1961 (Age: 52)
- Did You Know?: After serving as an Illinois senator, Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president of the United States.
- EDUCATION: Punahou Academy, Occidental College, Columbia University, Harvard Law School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Honolulu, Hawaii
- Full Name: Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.
- AKA: Barack Obama
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Barack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States, and the first African American to serve as U.S. president. First elected to the presidency in 2008, he won a second term in 2012.
Born in Honolulu, Barack Obama went on to become President of the Harvard Law Review. In 2008, he was elected President of the United States, becoming the first African-American commander-in-chief.
On November 4th, 2008, Barack Obama was elected President, making him the first African-American President of the United States. His victory made a powerful statement about how far the country has come on the issue of race.
Barack Obama's rise in politics from his first step into the public sphere to being elected State Senator of Illinois.
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Speaking at a summit of European leaders, Merkel said that "Spying among friends is never acceptable," according to CNN.com.
In the wake of several controversies, Obama saw his approval rating drop to a new low in November 2013. Only 37 percent of Americans polled by CBS News thought he was doing a good job as president. Another 57 percent disapproved of his handling of the nation.
In March 2014,
in an effort to provide relief for Ukrainians following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution—which began with civil unrest and protests in Kiev and led to the downfall of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's administration, and subsequently, work to establish a new government for the country—it was announced that Obama had ordered a round of sanctions targeting individuals and businesses considered by the U.S. government to be Ukraine agitators or involved in the Crimean crisis—where Russian troops' seizure of control led to a referendum to decide whether the region could separate from the Ukraine and join Russia.
"The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukranian constitution and violate international law," Obama stated at the White House. "In 2014 we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders." According to the president, the sanctions give the U.S. "the flexibility to adjust our response going forwarder based on Russia's actions. We took these steps in close coordination with our European allies."
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