Today marks the 57th birthday of Barack Obama, who served as the 44th president of the United States from January 2009 to January 2017. Our former president, whose full name is Barack Hussein Obama II, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Jakarta, Indonesia for several years after his parents divorced and his mother remarried, but his mother sent him back to the United States at age 10 due to concerns about his safety and education in Indonesia. Back in Hawaii, Obama lived with his grandparents until his mother and half-sister could join him.
Upon graduating from high school, he enrolled at Occidental College for two years and then transferred to Columbia University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in political science. He worked in the business sector until 1985, when he moved to Chicago in order to work as a community organizer for low-income residents. Obama’s law career began in 1988 after an inspirational trip to Kenya and he thrived at Harvard Law School, becoming the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review and met his wife, Michelle Obama (formerly Michelle Robinson).
Obama worked as a civil rights lawyer and taught part-time at the University of Chicago Law School until he was elected as to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. Eight years later, he was elected to the United States Senate, becoming the third African-American elected to the position since Reconstruction. On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president in the United States when he won the presidential race against John McCain, gaining 52.9% of votes over McCain’s 45.7%. He was re-elected in 2012 for a second term.
What is Obama doing now that his presidency has ended? He continues to work in public service through his non-profit, the Obama Foundation, which strives to “inspire and empower people to change their world” with an emphasis on fostering leadership skills amongst young people. He and Michelle Obama have also signed a deal with Netflix to produce films and a series that we should be able to view around May 2019.
After a long and challenging presidency, we hope that he is spending lots of time with his wife, his two daughters, and his true soulmate: Joe Biden. Biden served as Obama’s vice president throughout both terms and the bond that they share undeniably very special. The end of their time working together in the White House has certainly not marked the end of their relationship and it appears that these men will continue to be close even post-presidency. Their friendship has inspired a series of Obama and Biden memes–also called “Barry and Joe” memes–that will have you laughing regardless of your political affiliation.
Alright, fine, the Democrats will probably enjoy them a little bit more than everyone else, but you don’t necessarily have to be an Obama supporter to find them amusing; they are more about the uncharacteristic closeness between these politicians and coping with politics through humor than about making an actual statement of any kind. It seems only right that we should celebrate Obama’s birthday by looking at his face when he is happiest… When he is beside his best friend.
Happy Birthday, Former President Obama. Keep on making history and we hope that you and Joe Biden enjoy some delicious cake together on this fine afternoon.