Political Party: Democrat
First Lady: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
Vice President: Joseph "Joe" Biden, Jr.
Born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii… Barack Obama is the first African-American to serve as President of the United States. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Obama served as an Illinois State Senator, and U.S. Senator from the same state. He announced his campaign for President of the United States after one term in Congress, competing with fellow Senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. In his first term in the executive office, Barack Obama faced a recession and rising federal deficit, war in the Middle East, and political division at home.
As President, Barak Obama worked to promote economic recovery by signing The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, along with other stimulus bills aimed at reducing the deficit and creating jobs. Environment and energy were also a top priority issue for the President; following the Deepwater platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that led to the largest oil spill in American history, Obama set new safety regulations for offshore drilling. Obama also addressed national health care woes by signing the Affordable Care Act -- a controversial bill reforming private sector companies and expanding coverage for Americans.
When President Obama took office in 2009, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had been going on for nearly a decade. He approved an additional 21,000-troop surge to Afghanistan and announced the U.S. pullout from Iraq. The Iraq War officially ended on August 31, 2010, with all troops to be brought home by the end of 2011. In early 2011, Obama committed the U.S. to NATO's bombing campaign on Libya in support of the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's regime. On May 1, 2011, President Obama approved the covert operation targeting and ultimately killing terrorist Osama bin Laden.