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.