Profile: Barack Obama

President Barack Obama speaks during a Rural Economic Forum, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa, during his three-day economic bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

August 17, 2011 11:09:33 AM PDT
Below is a profile of Barack Obama, who is running on the Democratic ticket to be president of the United States. PARTY AFFILIATION: Democratic

AGE: 50

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: He is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.

EDUCATION: He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama attended a three-year program in 1988 at Harvard Law School stating his point of view that a degree in law is the best vehicle to facilitate better community organization and activism.

FAMILY: Michelle Obama (wife); Children: Malia Ann and Natasha