44th president of the United States and the first African-American president; became known for his economic stimulus legislation and healthcare reform.
He spent four years in Jakarta as a child, where he learned to speak Indonesian and was introduced to dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper; he later taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago from 1992 until 2004.
He served three terms in the 13th District of the Illinois Senate from 1997 until 2004; he ran for the United States House of Representatives in 2000, but was defeated.
His mother was born in Kansas and his father was born in Kenya; they married in Hawaii in 1961 and separated later that year; he married Michelle LaVaughn Robinson in October 1992 and had two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
His 2008 presidential bid was supported by Oprah Winfrey, who famously cried tears of happiness during his victory speech.