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He then defeated Republican nominee John Mc Cain in the general election, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered U. military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.Nine months after his inauguration, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In January 2011, the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives as the Democratic Party lost a total of 63 seats; and, after a lengthy debate over federal spending and whether or not to raise the nation's debt limit, Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was a Luo from Nyang'oma Kogelo, Kenya.
He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School between 19.
While serving three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 against incumbent Bobby Rush.
In 2004, Obama received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in the United States Senate with his victory in the March Democratic Party primary, his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July, and his election to the Senate in November.
He began his presidential campaign in 2007 and, after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2008, he won sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination.
From ages six to ten, Obama attended local Indonesian-language schools: Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St.
Francis of Assisi) Catholic School for two years and Besuki Public School for one and a half years, supplemented by English-language Calvert School homeschooling by his mother.Obama returned to Honolulu in 1971 to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, and with the aid of a scholarship attended Punahou School, a private college preparatory school, from fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979.born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States.He is the first African American to hold the office and the first president born outside of the continental United States.Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review.He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree.