Obama, Barack

Barack Hussein Obama II

b. 4 Aug 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii

Title: President of the United States
Term: 20 Jan 2009 - 20 Jan 2013
Chronology: 8 Jan 2009, election to the office of President of the United States is declared upon counting electoral votes (cast 15 Dec 2008), joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives, House Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [1]
20 Jan 2009, commencement of term
20 Jan 2009, took an oath of office as President of the United States, inaugural ceremony, West Front, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [2]
21 Jan 2009, took an oath of office as President of the United States, private ceremony, Map Room, White House, Washington, D.C. [3][4]
20 Jan 2013, expiration of term
Term: 20 Jan 2013 -
Chronology: 4 Jan 2013, election to the office of President of the United States is declared upon counting electoral votes (cast 17 Dec 2012), joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives, House Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [5]
20 Jan 2013, commencement of term
20 Jan 2013, took an oath of office as President of the United States, private ceremony, Blue Room, White House, Washington, D.C. [6]
21 Jan 2013, took an oath of office as President of the United States, inaugural ceremony, West Front, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [7][8]
Biography:
Born of a racially mixed marriage involving Kenyan father and American mother (divorced in 1964); moved with his mother and stepfather of Indonesian origin to Jakarta, Indonesia, where he obtained early education in local schools; returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents; attended Punahou School, Honolulu (1971-1979); continued education at Occidental College, Los Angeles (1979-1981); received a B.A. from Columbia University, New York City (1983); worked at the Business International Corporation and at the New York Public Interest Research Group; served as as director of the Developing Communities Project (1985-1988) in Chicago, Illinois; studied law at Harvard University (1988-1991), where he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, and received a Juris Doctor in 1991; worked as lecturer on constitutional law, University of Chicago (1996-2004); was elected a member of the Illinois State senate (1997-2004); elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate (served 3 Jan 2005 – 16 Nov 2008); elected President of the United States for the term commencing 20 Jan 2009.
Biographical sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (2005).
Elections:

Candidate (party) Electoral vote (15 Dec 2008)
Barack Hussein Obama II (Democratic) 365
John Sidney McCain III (Republican) 173
total number of electors appointed 538
number of votes for a majority 270

Candidate (party) Electoral vote (17 Dec 2012)
Barack Hussein Obama II (Democratic) 332
Willard Mitt Romney (Republican) 206
total number of electors appointed 538
number of votes for a majority 270
Source of electoral results: Congressional Record (Daily Edition), 111th Congress, 1st Session, H76; Congressional Record (Daily Edition), 113th Congress, 1st Session, H49-H50.

[1] Congressional Record (Daily Edition), 111th Congress, 1st Session, H75-H76.
[2] Congressional Record (Daily Edition), 111th Congress, 1st Session, S667-S670.
[3] The New York Times, Thursday, January 22, 2009, vol. CLVIII, No. 54,563, pp. A1, A22.
[4] The oath was re-administered on 21 Jan 2009 due to mistakes in reciting the words during the inaugural ceremony 20 Jan 2009.
[5] Congressional Record (Daily Edition), 113th Congress, 1st Session, H49-H50.
[6] The New York Times, Monday, January 21, 2013, vol. CLXII, No. 56,023, pp. A1, A13.
[7] Congressional Record (Daily Edition), 113th Congress, 1st Session, S183-S187.
[8] Public ceremony of inauguration was postponed as 20 Jan 2013 fell on a Sunday.
Last updated on: 27 Jan 2013 12:14:45