Barack Obama is the former Senator from Illinois and the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African American to become president of the Untied States. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. From 1992 to 2004 Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States in November 2008, and took office in January 2009 with a net worth of $10.5 million.