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Barack Obama

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.
 
Served as editor of the Harvard Law Review during his law school days.
 
Defeated right wing African American commentator Alan Keyes in his run for the Senate in 2004.
 
Supported by such celebrities as Scarlett Johanssen, Oprah Winfrey, Ludacris, and Ben Affleck.
 
Wife Michelle held a high-paying job as a hospital administrator in Chicago before becoming First Lady.
 
Has a half-sister who resides in Indonesia and several half-brothers who live in Kenya.
 
Speeches give MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews a tingle down his leg.
 
Went by the name Barry Soetoro (after the last name of his Indonesian step-father) until graduating from Columbia University after which he reverted to his actual name of Barack Hussein Obama II.
 
Smokes Marlboro cigarettes.
 

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