First African-American president elected…on this day

President Obama and family (AP Images)
President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, in the Oval Office (AP Images)

On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois became the first African American elected as president of the United States. He was re-elected in 2012.

President Obama was born in Hawaii and spent part of his childhood in Indonesia. After graduating from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. He began his career in politics as an Illinois state senator.

Americans elect a president every four years. They will head to the polls this November 4 to choose 435 representatives, 36 senators, and governors of 36 states, as well as many other local and state officials.