Full Name: Barack Hussein Obama Jr.
Political Office: U.S. Senator from Illinois, elected 2004; member, Illinois State Senate 1997-2004
Business/Professional Experience: Attorney, law firm of Miner Barnhill & Galland (Chicago, IL), 1993-2004
Date of Birth: August 4, 1961
Place of Birth: Honolulu
Education: B.A. Columbia University 1983; J.D. Harvard Law, 1991
Spouse: married Michelle Robinson, 1992
Children: daughters Malia, born 1999, and Natasha, born 2001
Religion: United Church of Christ
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Barack Obama is both more left-wing and more right-wing than many people realize. A 15-year debate among economics experts in the Democratic Party helps explain why.August 24, 2008MagazineNews
Word of Senator Barack Obama's decision leaked out hours after he had informed Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana and Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia that they had not been chosen.August 24, 2008U.S.News
Democrats face a number of imperatives at their convention, none trickier than making more voters comfortable with Barack Obama's background.August 18, 2008U.S.News
Barack Obama's decision to break a pledge to use public money will likely transform presidential campaigns, raising doubts about the future of public financing.June 20, 2008U.S.News
Mr. Obama is a protean figure who inspires devotion in his supporters but remains inscrutable to critics.June 4, 2008U.S.News
Senator Barack Obama's falling out with his former pastor was long and painful, say friends and aides.May 1, 2008U.S.News
Barack Obama confronted the divisions between black and white as he sought to dispel the furor over his pastor's words.March 19, 2008U.S.News
Senator Barack Obama said Friday that the top priority of the next president should be to create a more lasting and equitable prosperity than achieved by either President Bush or even Bill Clinton.February 2, 2008U.S.Series
Senator Edward M. Kennedy's endorsement pits members of the nation's most prominent Democratic families against each other.January 28, 2008U.S.News
Barack Obama says his experience gives him a guide to making a "post-post-9/11" foreign policy. Whether Americans will relinquish their fear is another question.November 4, 2007MagazineNews
In an interview, Senator Barack Obama said that forging a new relationship with Iran would be part of his effort to stabilize Iraq.November 2, 2007U.S.Series
Senator Barack Obama said he would start confronting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton more forcefully, in response to concerns about his lack of assertiveness.October 28, 2007U.S.News
The senator is not presenting himself, stylistically at least, the way he did when he gripped Democrats in 2004.April 8, 2007U.S.News
In his quest for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate, Barack Obama was, by many measures, supposed to lose.March 18, 2004U.S.News
ARTICLES ABOUT BARACK OBAMA
Advisers to Barack Obama said Hillary Rodham Clinton was their best surrogate to counter the Republican ticket's new drive to win over women.September 9, 2008
Many in the financial industry say a more formal debate is needed to set criteria to guide decisions on future requests for help from individual companies or industries.September 9, 2008
Bypassing public financing may not provide Barack Obama's campaign with the commanding financial advantage many predicted.September 9, 2008
The Justice Department has issued antitrust guidelines for corporate monopolies, but the Federal Trade Commission, which shares enforcement of antitrust law, refuses to endorse them.September 9, 2008
If I were advising Barack Obama and John McCain, I'd tell them to double down on weirdness.September 9, 2008
Senator Barack Obama's embattled former pastor, Jeremiah A. Wright, praised Mr. Obama from a church pulpit in Newark on Sunday.September 8, 2008
The surge in the culture wars of U.S. politics has come at the expense of debate of two real wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.September 8, 2008
Should voters be alarmed by a relatively young or inexperienced vice-presidential candidate? No.September 8, 2008
When Us Weekly featured a cover story about Sarah Palin titled "Babies, Lies & Scandal," it accomplished its mission of attracting attention at the supermarket checkout, but it came with a backlash.September 8, 2008
The practice of students registering to vote at their college address has set off a fracas in Virginia, after a local registrar incorrectly suggested dire consequences for students who register at college.September 8, 2008
Senator Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., had kind words in Newark for Mr. Obama, who once called him "divisive and destructive."September 8, 2008
Growth rose, but so did unemployment. Productivity surged, but wages fell. Fixing that disconnect is the central economic challenge for the next president.September 8, 2008
Barack Obama and John McCain need to focus, not on war, but on strengthening our capacity for innovation our most important competitive advantage.September 7, 2008
Without much fanfare or public notice, Senator Barack Obama has embraced a central element of the Republican agenda: the treatment of corporate dividends.September 7, 2008
With his acceptance speech, John McCain became the candidate of change.September 7, 2008
A McGovern-era peacenik finds, in Georgia, a fear that Russia is no longer contained.September 7, 2008
With just over eight weeks until Election Day, the two campaigns settle into a set of state-by-state face-offs.September 7, 2008
What poor kids really need can't be taught in a classroom.September 7, 2008
Senators John McCain and Barack Obama plan to make a rare joint appearance at ground zero for the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.September 7, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin echoed Republican criticism of the size of the companies, while Senator Barack Obama voiced support of the plan but withheld final judgment pending details of the bailout.September 7, 2008
The McCain and Obama campaigns responded quickly to a report that the jobless rate jumped to 6.1 percent in August.September 6, 2008
With their conventions behind them, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain grappled for the mantle of change.September 6, 2008
With their conventions behind them, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain dueled for the mantle of change.September 6, 2008
While the news media were preoccupied with the wind storms in Denver, Minneapolis and New Orleans, here are some stories you may have missed.September 6, 2008
Senator Barack Obama gave no hint of rancor and remained pleasant, respectful and good-humored, but he did adjust his pace and wording to suit his speed-talking host, Bill O'Reilly of Fox News.September 5, 2008
The G.O.P. is selling the politics of resentment; you're supposed to vote Republican to stick it to an elite that thinks it's better than you.September 5, 2008
With the McCain-Palin team courting female voters, the Obama camp plans to deploy prominent women.September 5, 2008
America is more effective when it leads with the "power of our example" than with "the example of our power."September 4, 2008
A Harlem pastor's angry online sermon that denounced Senator Barack Obama is among cases that highlight new federal guidelines that bar electioneering on the Web by tax-exempt groups.September 3, 2008
With his choice of Sarah Palin, John McCain has completed his makeover from the greenest Republican to run for president to just another representative of big oil.September 3, 2008
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The Long Run
Just eight years ago, Barack Obama was not on the guest list for the Democratic National Convention. Yet his evolution as a politician can be seen as a narrative centered on his party's conventions.
In his 12 years teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, Barack Obama was both popular and enigmatic.
Barack Obama's years as a grass-roots organizer have figured prominently, if not profoundly, in his narrative.
Barack Obama has packaged his life story into two hugely successful books that have made him a best-selling millionaire.
Barack Obama's ability to replicate and expand the eclectic coalition he built in Chicago has brought him to the brink of the Democratic presidential nomination.
People who knew Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro well say they see her influence unmistakably in her son, Senator Barack Obama.
In Barack Obama's time in the Senate, there are two competing elements: his celebrity and the realities of the job he was elected to do.
Barack Obama has admitted to using illegal drugs as a teenager, but others remember him as a model of moderation.
Barack Obama's postracial style is the reason for much of his political success, but it also has its pitfalls.
Some say that Barack Obama has taken some literary license in portraying the time he spent in Manhattan.
Class emerged as a subtext during Barack Obama's failed attempt to unseat an incumbent congressman on the South Side of Chicago.
In the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama brought an eye for opportunity and a willingness to compromise.More Articles in the Series »
Barack Obama addressed over 200,000 people, according to German estimates, in what looked like a street festival in typical German style.
Interactive video and transcript of Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia on March 18.
A video conversation with Barack Obama's brother-in-law about the senator's game and its effect on his career.
Jodi Kantor introduces audio excerpts of speeches in which Senator Barack Obama talks about faith and religion.
With his official entry into the race, Senator Barack Obama's campaign enters a more difficult phase.
Barack Obama arrived at Harvard Law School as an unknown; by the time he left, he had become a political sensation.
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