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8.12.09

Barack Hussein Obama Pictures





before becoming the first African-American president, Barack Hussein Obama had to start somewhere. Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961

...to a unlikely couple, a Kenyan and a born-and-raised American. Obama's father, also named Barack Hussein Obama, was born in Kogelo, Kenya, while his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was raised in Kansas. The union didn't last too long...


Obama is seen as a child with his mother Ann Dunham in an undated family snapshot from the 1960s.

Obama is seen with his father Barack Obama, Sr. in an undated family snapshot from the 1960s. Obama's father was killed in an auto accident in Kenya in 1982 after returning to Africa.
After Barack's parents separated, his mother married Lolo Soetoro, and the family moved to Soetoro's home country of Indonesia. Obama, r., is seen with his step-father Lolo Soetoro, his sister Maya Soetoro and his mother Ann Dunham.

Obama is shown on the beach with his maternal grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham.

The Obamas are members of the Luo tribe, Kenya's third-largest ethnic group. Here Obama is at his family home in the Kenyan homestead of Alego. From left: his Grandmother Sarah, Auma Obama (his sister) and Kezia Obama (Barack's stepmother and his father's second wife, holding baby).

Obama's father produced six sons and a daughter; his children with his first wife, and Obama's stepmother, Kezia, include sons Roy (now known as Abong'o), Bernard, and Abo, and daughter Auma. He also had two further two sons with a different woman. Above, Obama, back row 2nd from l., poses in a family portrait, which hangs in his family's house in Kogelo, western Kenya.
Obama went to high school at Punahou School in Honolulu. These photos are from his senior yearbook

 
Obama is seen in 1979 during his high school graduation in Hawaii with his maternal grandparents, Stanley Armour Dunham and his wife Madelyn Payne, both natives of Kansas. Madelyn Dunham passed away on Nov. 2, two days before the election, after battling cancer.

Obama attended Columbia University. Here, he is with his grandparents on a New York City park bench.Obama attended Columbia University. Here, he is with his grandparents on a New York City park bench.
Obama moved to Chicago after his graduation from Harvard Law School. He chose a behind-the-scenes job, and ran a voter registration drive that added tens of thousands to the rolls.
Obama moved to Chicago after his graduation from Harvard Law School. He chose a behind-the-scenes job, and ran a voter registration drive that added tens of thousands to the rolls.

Obama met Michelle Robinson when she was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate at a Chicago law firm. They married in October 1992.
Obama met Michelle Robinson when she was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate at a Chicago law firm. They married in October 1992.


Obama poses with his half brother Abongo in African regalia on his wedding day.
Obama poses with his half brother Abongo in African regalia on his wedding day.


In August 2006, Obama went to his father's homeland in Africa. Here, he claps hands with his grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, at his late father's house in western Kenya.
In August 2006, Obama went to his father's homeland in Africa. Here, he claps hands with his grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, at his late father's house in western Kenya.


While visiting Kenya, Obama was dressed as a Somali Elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia. The garb was presented to Obama by elders in Wajir.
While visiting Kenya, Obama was dressed as a Somali Elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia. The garb was presented to Obama by elders in Wajir.

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