Trivia Made the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention.
Received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Harvard University.
Grew up in Hawaii where he was raised by his grandparents.
Parents divorced when Obama was two years old. Mother later got re-married to an Indonesian man.
Politically allied with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Jr.
Resigned from his church in Chicago because of controversial remarks made by his pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
Published two books: Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.
Worked as a community organizer for the organization ACORN.
A proponent of hope and change.
Selected Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate on August 23, 2008.
Barack Obama Quotes
Barack Obama: We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.
Barack Obama: I'm so overexposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.
Barack Obama: If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
Barack Obama: Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
Barack Obama: My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.
Barack Obama: As Americans, we can take enormous pride in the fact that courage has been inspired by our own struggle for freedom, by the tradition of democratic law secured by our forefathers and enshrined in our Constitution. It is a tradition that says all men are created equal under the law and that no one is above.
Barack Obama: There is not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America -- there is the United States of America.