Barack Obama is the forty-third president of the United States of America. He is the first African-American president. President Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. After high-school Obama attended Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. Afterwards he transferred to Columbia University in New York City, graduating in 1983 with a political science degree. He worked his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, when Obama moved to Chicago he worked with several churches that helped rebuild communities devastated by the closure of steel plants. He attended law school and became the first African-American President of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago and remained active in his community.
In 1996, Obama ran for a senate seat as a Democrat in the state of Illinois and won the election. As a senator, he cut taxes for working families and expanded health care. In 2000, made an unsuccessful Democratic run for the House of Representatives.
Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Obama was an early opponent of President George W. Bush 's push to go to war with Iraq. Obama was still a state senator when he spoke against a resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq during a rally at Chicago 's Federal Plaza in October 2002. "I am not opposed to all wars. I 'm opposed to dumb wars," he said.
In November of 2004, won the Senate seat in…