it's official: Obama's running in 2008




Barack Hussein Obama
born August 4, 1961, in Honolulu

both his parents were students at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii

moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, with mother and step-father

sister Maya

was raised in Kansas

attended Occidental College in Los Angeles before completing his undergraduate degree at Columbia University in New York (political science, with a focus on international relations)

received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School

joined the Chicago law firm Miner, Barnhill & Galland (specializing in civil rights legislation)

lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago

elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996

U.S. Senate in 2004, beating Republican candidate Alan Keyes

keynote speech in support of John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic national convention in Boston

married Michelle Robinson in 1992

two daughters: Malia (b. 1999) and Sasha (b. 2001)

In Dreams from My Father (1995), Obama writes about smoking marijuana and trying cocaine when he was a teenager.

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