PHOTOSTREAM : Barack Obama, a life in pictures

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Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4 1961

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4 1961

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His father, Barack Obama, Sr, came from Nyangoma-Kogelo, Kenya

His father, Barack Obama, Sr, came from Nyangoma-Kogelo, Kenya

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His mother, Ann Dunham, hailed from Wichita, Kansas

His mother, Ann Dunham, hailed from Wichita, Kansas

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His parents separated when he was two years old and later divorced

His parents separated when he was two years old and later divorced

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His mother remarried, and the family moved to Indonesia in 1967

His mother remarried, and the family moved to Indonesia in 1967

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Barack Obama attended schools in Jakarta until he was ten years old

His mother remarried, and the family moved to Indonesia in 1967

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Barack returned to Hawaii with his grandparents

Barack Obama attended schools in Jakarta until he was ten years old

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This 1979 photo provided by The Oahuan, the yearbook of Punahou School, shows Barack Obama in his senior year

Barack returned to Hawaii with his grandparents

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A photograph taken in 1987 of Barack Obama and his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama hangs in her home in the village of Nyagoma-Kogelo, western Kenya

A photograph taken in 1987 of Barack Obama and his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama hangs in her home in the village of Nyagoma-Kogelo, western Kenya

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He studied at Columbia University in New York, where he majored in political science

He studied at Columbia University in New York, where he majored in political science

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He then studied law at Harvard, and graduated in 1991

He then studied law at Harvard, and graduated in 1991

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After Harvard Law School, Obama returned to Chicago, joined a small civil rights firm, ran a voter registration drive, and lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School

After Harvard Law School, Obama returned to Chicago, joined a small civil rights firm, ran a voter registration drive, and lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School

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He married Michelle Robinson in October 1992

He married Michelle Robinson in October 1992

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Their daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha, were born in 1998 and 2001

Their daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha, were born in 1998 and 2001

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He delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston

He delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston

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He entered the US Senate on January 4 2005

He entered the US Senate on January 4 2005

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He announced his intention to run for the 2008 in February 2007. After a lengthy battle with Hillary Clinton, he seized the Democratic nomination in June 2008

He announced his intention to run for the 2008 in February 2007. After a lengthy battle with Hillary Clinton, he seized the Democratic nomination in June 2008

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He formally accepted his party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on August 23

He formally accepted his party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on August 23

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