August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii
He has been married to Michelle Obama since 1992. They have two daughters, Malia (age 14) and Sasha (age 11).
He has served as President since January 2009. Before that, he was a U.S. Senator from Illinois for four years. He also served in the Illinois State Senate for eight years and worked as a lawyer.
Watching and playing basketball, reading, writing, and cooking
Chili, french fries, and pork chops
Obama was named after his father, who was from Kenya, a country in East Africa. Obama went by the nickname Barry until he was in college.
When he was your age:
At age 10, Barack Obama started fifth grade at Punahou (POOH-nahhoe) School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a new kid in town. Barack and his family had been living in Indonesia, a nation in Southeast Asia. Barack’s mother was worried that he wasn’t getting a good education. So she sent him back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents.
During that period, Barack learned valuable lessons from his grandmother. “She’s the one who taught me about hard work,” he later said. “She’s the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life.”