Born: August 4, 1961
Current home: Washington, D.C.
Education: Columbia University in 1983, law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991
Current job: President of the United States
Resume highlights: Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review in 1991. He delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, helped pass major measures that combat the international trafficking of nuclear weapons, promoted the use of alternative fuels, and opened up the budget process to greater public scrutiny.
In the Illinois state Senate, Obama passed major ethics and lobbying reforms, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents.
He was elected the 44th president of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in to office on January 20, 2009.
In office, he pushed through creation of a universal health care system, approved an auto industry bailout, approved the military raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and pushed for a coalition air cap that preceded the ouster of Libyan President Moammar Khadafy.
He has been dogged, though, but a slow economic recovery.
Elective offices: President of the United States, seven years in the Illinois State Senate, one term in the US Senate
Family: Wife Michelle; daughters Malia and Sasha