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50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday

August 3, 2011, 7:56 pm
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • The first amongst equals hits his half century today and we wish him happy birthday through this half century tribute.
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama enrolled in the esteemed Punahou Academy, excelling in basketball and graduating with academic honors in 1979.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He then transferred to Columbia University in New York, graduating in 1983 with a degree in political science.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • After working in the business sector for two years, Obama moved to Chicago in 1985.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • There, he worked on the South Side as a community organizer for low-income residents.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He entered Harvard Law School in 1988.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • After law school, Obama returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He helped organise voter registration drives during Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama's father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born of Luo ethnicity in Nyanza Province, Kenya.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He has worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • And served three terms representing the 13th district in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • After an unsuccessful bid against the Democratic incumbent for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2000, Obama ran for United States Senate again in 2004.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He won election to the U.S. Senate in Illinois in November 2004.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • His presidential campaign began in February 2007.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • After a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Clinton, he won his party's nomination.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • In the 2008 presidential election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • In October, the same year, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama became chairman of the Illinois Senate's Health and Human Services Committee.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • In 2004 Barack Obama became only the third African-American elected to the U.S. Senate since the Reconstruction.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • In 2000, Obama made an unsuccessful Democratic primary run for the U. S. House of Representatives seat held by four-term incumbent candidate Bobby Rush.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • In the 2004 Democratic primary, he won 52 percent of the vote, defeating multimillionaire businessman Blair Hull and Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He was invited to deliver the keynote speech in support of John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama published his autobiography in 1995 'Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance'.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • His second book, 'The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream', was published in October 2006.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama was known as 'Barry' in his youth, but asked to be addressed with his given name during his college years.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He plays basketball, a sport he participated in as a member of his high school's varsity team.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama is a well known supporter of the Chicago White Sox.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama had won the election in 1996 for the Illinois State Senate as a Democrat.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He had worked in Baskin Robbins in his youth and thus hates ice-cream now!
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama is a Christian and a former member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. He has never been a Muslim.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • After Reverend Wright continued to make inflammatory remarks during Obama's campaign, Obama denounced him and formally quit the congregation of the Trinity United Church of Christ.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Michelle has been a steady figure by her husband all long. The couple have two daughters- Malia, born in 1999, and Sasha, born in 2001.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama achieved celebrity status after his speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2004, launching what has been called 'Obamamania'.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama was the first to raise the threat of avian flu on the Senate floor.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Neil Young mentions Barack Obama in the lyric to his 2006 song 'Lookin' for a Leader'.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama's youthful appeal, his social networking on the Internet, and even his texting both promoted awareness of his campaign and created a loyal following. His historic use of the Internet will likely act as a template for future presidential elections.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama's race against Alan Keyes in 2004 marked the first time in U.S. history that two African-Americans ran as major party nominees for a Senate seat. Obama beat Keyes by the widest margin for a Senate race in Illinois history.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • True to the values of empathy and service that his mother instilled in him, Barack had put law school on hold after college and moved to Chicago.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He has captured the public imagination by celebrating almost all religious festivals in the White House.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama tried to quit smoking several times, sometimes using nicotine replacement therapy.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Michelle Obama said he successfully quit in early 2010.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Besides his native English, Obama speaks Indonesian at the conversational level, which he learned during his four childhood years in Jakarta.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Where he became a community organizer with a church-based group that was dedicated to improving living conditions in poor neighborhoods.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama was best known for his election campaign call - "Change we need!"
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • As much as a President, Obama makes sure he is a great father and a perfect husband as well.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • Obama once said the three men he admired the most were Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • He married Michelle Michelle Robinson in 1992. they had met in the law firm he was working in.
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  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday
  • 50 photos to celebrate US president Barack Obama's 50th birthday