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Barack Obama, pictured with his mother Ann Dunham in the 1960s. Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, to a black father and a white mother. His biracial identity would play a critical role in his intellectual and political development.
Obama sits with with his mother, grandfather and half sister Maya in Hawaii in the mid-1970s. Obama moved to Honolulu in 1971 to live with his maternal grandparents, and would remain there until his high school graduation in 1979.
Obama examines his surroundings during a school field trip to a Hawaiian island in 1972. He attended a private school, Punahou, on scholarship from fifth grade through high school, which prepared him for an Ivy League education at Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
An image of a 20-year-old Obama in 1980 at Occidental College. Obama started his undergraduate studies at the Los Angeles university in 1979 and stayed for two years. His political interests started at Occidental—in 1981 Obama spoke at a campus rally protesting the college's investments in companies who were conducting business in South Africa during its apartheid.
Obama with his father in Hawaii in 1971. Barack Obama Sr. was killed in a car accident in 1982. "At the time of his death, my father remained a myth to me, both more and less than a man," Obama later wrote in his memoir, Dreams From My Father.
Obama holds a meeting with citizens on the south side of Chicago. Obama's first foray into grassroots politics began in 1985. He later credited his experience with teaching him how to build diverse political coalitions.
Originally posted by JennaDarling
Just like Bill, he didn't inhale