Barack Obama

The first African-American president, Barack Obama inspired a new era of U. S. politics and, despite his critics, became one of the most loved political figures of the modern era. Born Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI ... Read more »
Born: 08/04/1961 in Honolulu, , USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Vice Special Report: A House Divided 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

Jazz at the White House 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Real Time with Bill Maher 2016 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Ron and Laura Take Back America 2016 (Movie)

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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The President and The People: A National Conversation 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Interviewee

VICE Special Report: Fixing The System 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

Rise: The Promise Of My Brother's Keeper 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Running Wild with Bear Grylls 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Shark Tank 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Mistaken for Strangers 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Celebrity Vacation Homes 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Targeting Bin Laden 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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The 2012 CMT Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Daily Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Motown Sound 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

WWE Tribute to the Troops 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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20/20 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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All Together Now: A Celebration of Service 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 2010 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

Citizen U.S.A: A 50 State Road Trip 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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America Celebrates July 4th at Ford's Theatre 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Get Schooled: You Have the Right 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Mythbusters 2010 (Tv Show)

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WWE Tribute to the Troops 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Be the Change Inaugural Ball (MTV) 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Dateline: Presidential Inauguration Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Remembering Tim Russert 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Teleflora Presents America's Favorite Mom 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Swing State 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Summit For the '90s 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sand and Sorrow (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The first African-American president, Barack Obama inspired a new era of U. S. politics and, despite his critics, became one of the most loved political figures of the modern era. Born Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI, Barack Hussein Obama II was the son of a white mother, Ann Dunham, and Kenyan father, Barack Obama, Sr., who met while students at the University of Hawaii. Although both his parents were incredibly intelligent and ambitious, their marriage proved short-lived. His father went on to Harvard before returning to Africa while his mother briefly moved her young son to Indonesia when she remarried. At the age of 10, Obama returned to live in Hawaii with his grandparents, who would become his primary caregivers while his mother pursued an anthropology career, eventually returning to Indonesia where she spent most of the rest of her life. Sharing his parents' passion for education and achievement, Obama went on to graduate from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, becoming the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. When he moved to Chicago to work as a lawyer, he met a colleague, Michelle Robinson, who would become his wife in 1992. In addition to his work as a lawyer and community organizer, Obama went on to become a faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School before being elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, where he enjoyed a meteoric rise that helped buoy him to his 2004 election to the U.S. Senate. After welcoming two daughters, Malia, born 1998, and Sasha, born 2001, Obama saw his political star shine even brighter when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. He surprised many when he ran for and won the 2008 U.S. presidency over challenger John McCain, becoming the first African-American president and beating out fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would become his biggest ally as Secretary of State. Although many of his more hysterical critics called his nationality, religion and loyalty to America into question, Obama earned the seal of approval from Oprah Winfrey and, for many, represented the best in American ideals: optimism, intelligence and compassion. Faced with a difficult economy, persistent underlying racism and vicious attacks from his opponents, Obama managed to achieve many impressive feats, including helping save the auto industry, pushing the health care reform known as "Obamacare" through, ending the Iraq War, and authorizing the successful assassination of Osama bin Laden. Showered with awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama epitomized a new breed of leader: youthful but confident, health-conscious but a smoker, effortlessly cool but a closet Trekkie. Able to sing like Al Green, eloquent beyond all measure and happy to poke fun at himself, Obama was enormously popular around the world, but he still faced a difficult battle for his 2012 reelection. After an exhausting, bruising campaign, he defeated Mitt Romney to earn four more years, celebrating with a photo of himself hugging Michelle, which became the most retweeted image of all time.

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