The first African-American to hold the office of the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama II is the current and 44th President.An alumnus of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama has previously worked as a community organizer, a civil rights lawyer, and an instructor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. He represented the 13th District in the Illinois Senate between 1997 and 2004.
Obama sprang into the attention of America when he won at the March Democratic primary, while representing Illinois in the U.S. Senate. Also noteworthy was his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, and his election to the Senate. Obama defeated Hillary Clinton and John McCain to win the presidential seat in 2009. In the same year, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
"In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power - including strong and principled diplomacy."