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Barack, Michelle, Malia & Sasha Obama

Updated on March 24, 2014

The Obama Family

On November 4, 2008 at 11:00 pm Eastern Barack Obama was the projected winner! It became official shortly after.

He was sworn in to office January 20, 2009. I am so excited to say Congratulations to the 44th President of the United States of America!

This is a non-confrontational, parent and child friendly look at President Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Find out a little about them and, of course, about what Barack Obama himself stands for.

On October 9, 2009 President Obama became the 3rd sitting US president to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

President Obama was re-elected to a second term on November 6, 2012 with 50.8% of the popular vote and a final count of 332 electoral votes!

Weekly Address - 3/22/14

Weekly Address: Rewarding Women's Hard Work and Increasing the Minimum Wage

Birthdays & Ages

October 3, 2013 was Barack and Michelle's 21st wedding anniversary. :)

  • Barack Obama

    August 4, 1961

    Age 52


  • Michelle Obama

    January 17, 1964

    Age 50


  • Malia Obama

    July 4, 1998

    Age 15


  • Natasha (Sasha) Obama

    June 7, 2001

    Age 12


  • Bo

    October 9, 2008

    Age 5

    Bo is a Portuguese Water Dog.

    He was a gift from Senator and Mrs. Kennedy to Sasha and Malia.

    (Photo below by Chuck Kennedy)


  • Sunny

    June 2012

    Age 1

    The Obamas' new puppy!

    Like Bo, she is a Portuguese Water Dog.

The First Dog Bo

The First Dog Bo
The First Dog Bo

President Obama On Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee has awarded the annual prize to the president "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

Website of President Obama

President Obama's Message for America's Students - September 8, 2009

The President gives a speech directly to Americas students welcoming them back to school. He emphasizes their hope and potential but makes clear they will need to take responsibility for themselves and their education to reach that potential.

15 things you should know about Obama's plan (but probably don't)

From MoveOn.org Political Action

The plan:

1. Makes a $634 billion down payment on fixing health care that will go a long way toward paying for a more efficient, more affordable health care system that covers every single American.

2. Reduces taxes for 95% of working Americans. And if your family makes less than $250,000, your taxes won't go up one dime.

3. Invests more than $100 billion in clean energy technology, creating millions of green jobs that can never be outsourced.

4. Brings our troops home from Iraq on a firm timetable, finally bringing the war to a close-and freeing up almost ten billion dollars a month for domestic priorities.

5. Reverses growing income inequality. The plan lets the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire and focuses on strengthening the middle class.

6. Closes multi-billion-dollar tax loopholes for big oil companies.

7. Increases grants to help families pay for college-the largest increase ever.

8. Halves the deficit by 2013. President Obama inherited a legacy of huge deficits and an economy in shambles, but his plan brings the deficit under control as soon as the economy begins to recover.

9. Dramatically increases funding for the SEC and the CFTC-the agencies that police Wall Street.

10. Tells it straight. For years, budgets have used accounting tricks to hide the real costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush tax cuts, and too many other programs. Obama's budget gets rid of the smokescreens and lays out what America's priorities are, what they cost, and how we're going to pay for them.

11. Stops unnecessary government subsidies to big banks, health insurance companies and big agribusinesses.

12. Expands access to early childhood education and improves schools by investing in programs that make sure every child has a qualified, strong teacher.

13. Negotiates for better prescription drug prices using Medicaid's tremendous bargaining power.

14. Expands access to family planning for low-income women.

15. Caps the pollution that causes global warming, and makes polluters pay to support clean energy innovation.

Source: MoveOn.org

60 Minutes - 11.16.08

Books for your family - For children through adults

Inauguration Day January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day January 20, 2009
Inauguration Day January 20, 2009

Obama's Inaugural Address

"My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you've bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.

I thank President Bush for his service to our nation -- (applause) -- as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we, the people, have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears and true to our founding documents.

So it has been; so it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many -- and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights." ...

Read the Full Text of Obama's Inaugural Address

Election Night, Grant Park, 11/4/2008

Election Night, Grant Park, 11/4/2008
Election Night, Grant Park, 11/4/2008

President-Elect Barack Obama

Family interview with Sasha, Malia, Michelle and Barack

Obama Answers to Children's Questions

It might help you discuss these issues with your own children.

The Washington Post "KidsPost" asked readers what questions they would like the major-party presidential candidates to answer. I love Barack's answers and wanted to share some of them here.

Q: It seems kind of weird that me and my mom get to . . . hang around all summer, while all the kids in Iraq and Afghanistan have to be in a war, even though they didn't do anything. . . . What will you do to help all the moms and kids in Iraq and Afghanistan after the war is over?

- Kelly Lynn, age 6

Obama: "You're absolutely right that children and families are often victims of war, and that's why we need to be very, very careful when we decide to fight a war. . . .

In Afghanistan, the best way for us to help kids and their families is to make sure that their communities are kept safe from the spreading violence and that their country doesn't fall back under the strict and repressive rule of the Taliban.

To make sure that doesn't happen, I will send in additional American troops and offer greater assistance . . . including assistance that helps Afghan children go to school."

Q: Because global warming is such a big issue now, what would you do to lower the use of (items) not being recycled in the United States?

- Kendall, age 10

Obama: "We'll invest in clean energy sources, and we'll commit to getting more of our electricity from sources like wind and solar (power) and cut the amount of greenhouse gases we produce.

You're right that recycling more and using less Styrofoam and paper are important, and there are other steps you can take, too, like carpooling with your friends on the way to school or turning the lights off when you leave the room."

Q: I think kids should be trusted to vote because they do pay attention. What are you going to do about kids not being able to vote?

- Andrew, age 7

Obama: "I'm glad you're paying attention, Andrew, and, like you, my daughters would like to have a bigger say in what happens in their world -- but I don't plan to ask Congress to lower the voting age.

The good news is that there are many ways that young people like you can make a difference, whether it's writing letters to your representatives or talking to your parents, teachers and friends about the issues that matter to you."

You can view the full article at The Columbus Dispatch.

Democratic National Convention 8/28/2008

Democratic National Convention 8/28/2008
Democratic National Convention 8/28/2008

Inspiring

Photographer Scout Tufankjian has been following Barack on his campaign trail taking some of the most beautiful and moving images I've seen.

You have to see them for yourself.

ScoutTufankjian.com

Biography of Michelle Obama

Rumors & Truths

Rumor: Michelle Obama isn't proud of her country.

Michelle Obama's comments about her pride in her country have been taken out of context, by both the Tennessee and Washington State Republican parties in paid advertisements attacking Michelle.

Truth: Michelle Obama loves the United States and the opportunities it has given her. Even Laura Bush herself has defended Michelle Obama on this issue and labeled this kind of attack as "misconstrued."


Rumor: Obama is not a natural born citizen and can not produce his birth certificate.

Truth: Senator Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, after it became a state on August 21st, 1959. Obama became a citizen at birth under the first section of the 14th Amendment.


Rumor: Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim and was sworn into the U.S. Senate using the Koran.

Truth: Barack Obama was sworn in using his family Bible. Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised as a Muslim, and is a committed Christian. Further, this myth perpetuates unfortunate falsehoods about the Muslim-American community that are offensive to people of all faiths.


Rumor: Barack Obama didn't take time for the troops.

Conservative blogs, referencing an inaccurate email from abroad, have been spreading the rumor that Barack Obama gave troops the cold shoulder on his foreign trip.

Truth: Barack Obama spent time throughout his trip visiting with and thanking our troops in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was proud to meet so many of our troops overseas and has repeatedly praised their service and dedication.


Rumor: An email claims that Barack Obama wants to tax your home, IRA, & even your water.

A rapidly spreading email is tricking thousands-if not millions-of Americans with outrageous lies and misrepresentations about Barack Obama's tax policies.

Truth: Barack Obama wants the tax code to favor honest, hard-working people, and he has proposed a $1,000 tax cut for middle class families.


Rumor: Barack Obama won't say the Pledge of Allegiance & he won't put his hand over his heart

Truth: Barack Obama loves his flag and his country. We've seen him leading The Pledge of Allegiance in the United States Senate, with his hand over his heart.

To read more, and to see videos and documents as proof of the above go to Fight The Smears.

Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech

Barack Obama's Platform

Abortion: Abortions should be legal according to Roe vs. Wade, and female contraceptives should be covered by health insurance.

Education: Obama will establish a new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year.

Environment: Calls for 25 percent of U.S. electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025, and for 30 percent of the federal government's electricity to come from renewables by 2020.

Gay Marriage: Supports the full inclusion of same-sex couples and their families, with equal rights, benefits and responsibilities.

Gun Control: Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic weapons while increasing restrictions on purchasing of firearms.

Immigration: Implement a guest worker program, providing a path towards citizenship for all undocumented workers.

Stem Cell Research: Obama supports expansion of federally-funded stem cell research, including embryonic stem cell research.

Taxes: Barack Obama's plan will provide $80-85 billion in tax relief to America's workers, seniors, and homeowners.

War in Iraq: Supports a plan to immediately begin troop withdrawal from Iraq at a pace of one or two brigades a month, to be completed by the end of 2008.

Obama Family 2006

Obama Family 2006
Obama Family 2006

What do people outside of the US think?

Obama preferred in world poll

Barack Obama is favored by a 4 to 1 margin by the 22,500+ people polled in 22 countries around the world. Countries polled included Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, the UAE and the UK.

On average, 49% preferred Obama, and in 17 of those countries, the most common view was that US relations with the rest of the world would improve under Barack Obama.

GlobeScan and Program on International Policy Attitudes carried out the survey in July and August.

Source: BBC News, September 10, 2008

A Glimpse of Barack & Michelle As They Are

"America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back."

-Senator Barack Obama, August 28, 2008

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      SmokeybonesJr 4 years ago

      Very nice Lens... We love the Obama's and we love our country! Thank you for the information :-) Smokeybones....

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      emdinesh 4 years ago

      Obamas at the inaugural balls http://adfoc.us/1193661

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They're the most photogenic first family ever.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      that video made me cry D:

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the Obamas. Nice lens.

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      natural_treatments_for_diabetes 5 years ago

      love this family

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      GordyM 6 years ago

      really nice lens...... most informative

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      garrekds 6 years ago

      One thing I've very impressed with is how effectively Obama has used social media to spread his message. It's incredible! I love how he reaches out to people using this technology. It's makes the government feel less out of touch with the populace.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Very comprehensive lens on the Presidency and family life of our 44th President, Barack Obama. I will definitely bookmark for easy reference. I especially like the !5 points of the Obama Plan...I had never taken the time to look at the plan indepth until I stumble upon this lens. Excellent one-stop source for almost "everything Obama".

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nicely done!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      I loved his opening address but politics sure is a strange business, Blessed by an Angel.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I love listening to speeches made by President Obama, great leader also!

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      editionh 7 years ago

      I think it is great to have such a lens on Squidoo. I hope that Obama will be elected again.

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Really good informative lens, you did a great job here, especially helping to clarify some fo the mis-truths that his opponents have been spreading.

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      onegirlfactory lm 7 years ago

      The First Family's just adorable, and you can really tell how close they are. Wonderful job on this lens.

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      Michelle Collins 7 years ago from Florida

      I LOVE THIS LENS!!! GREAT JOB!

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      I like this family. They have wonderful dog.

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Great job presenting the current President and his family.

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      Cindy_Egan 7 years ago

      Great pictures and lens! Very well done. 5 stars from me

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done & blessed & lensrolled to my Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia Rare Ty Beanie Babies page.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens - I am gonna lensroll it with my Character lens about the Boy Scouts of America - a very patriotic group ! http://www.squidoo.com/boyscoutsofamerica Thanks ! 5 *****

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      California_Dreamin 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens on a wonderful subject.

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      MsMorrison 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. Definitely 5 stars!Here's my take to this topic :)America Re-MotivatedInauguration provided much needed PAIN reliefUnpacking Barack Obama's Speech

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      heehaw lm 8 years ago

      wow great lens on obama family, thanks for the info , i believe he is the youngest president.

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      Steve-SEO-UK 8 years ago

      From a UK point of view - I think you've got a winner and a great future for the US with this family. Wish we could find someone to replace the idiot we have in power!

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      Another superb lens. Living in the UK it makes an interesting read. With such expectation levels, he has a massive job ahead of him. The whole world seems, in the majority, to be behind him. I hope that all of our hopes are met (but anything will be better than Mr. Bush - sorry!)Mike.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      I have featured this on Michelle Obama's First Tour of Duty It's a nice lens with a lot of information

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      Adrienne Jenkins 8 years ago

      Very nice lens. Awesome pictures.https://hubpages.com/politics/bush-shoe-video

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      Nice lens on the new First Family.

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      the_lensmaster 9 years ago

      Great lens and I bookmarked. You've done a good job, full of infos. Even I am not citizen of USA I approved the election of Obama and Beautiful family!

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      barose 9 years ago

      Beautiful family! I just love that family photo at the top. I couldn’t stop crying when they all came out together!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      I love the crayoned Obama symbol! I hope you will visit my lens Obama's Girls . I have already given you all the stars I can!

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      LaurieBeth33 9 years ago

      A really great lens about the 44th president of the United States. ;) 5 stars!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      What a beautiful family. Very nicely done, Christene! I will be sending a link here whenever I receive emails from those who do not take the time to research facts before forwarding me ridiculous emails about Barack Obama.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      1. A great lens, well made.2. Why should anyone look at a candidate's religious faith?

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      Beautiful lens about a beautiful family. I fear that she is going to be attacked more than Hillary Clinton was, but she can stand up to it, I hope the kids can I remember months ago, her saying something about not letting Barrack go shopping for a kid's birthday party because, "His head would explode" lol*****

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      barose 9 years ago

      Great lens! I will favorite this and forward it to all of my friends.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very well presented, Christene. It's a perfect addition to my "Convince Me" lens. Thanks for adding it!

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      activiststyledotnet 9 years ago

      Great lens, on to Victory!

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      You've done a beautiful job on this page, Christene! Five stars and I'm favoriting it.

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      Very nicely done! It's very respectful and a pleasure to read. I enjoyed his first book, by the way. He had quite a storied life growing up and tells it well.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      It will be a great day for all American when Barack Obama is elected president. Thanks. 5*

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      I like it Christene! I'm a big fan of pics in lenses. You've done a fine job of incorporating photos of the Obamas. A Squid Angel Blessing on this one! :)

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      I love this lens and the way you present your content here. It is informative without being preachy, and I appreciate that, it's rare in politically themed pieces.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank you for this lens!!! I love Obama and if anyone can pull this country out of our 8-year downward spiral, it's him. I love how much he and Michelle are in love, too. That would be a nice change at the white house.