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Barack Obama’s life and career

Former President Barack Obama, born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, made a name for himself during his decades spent in politics starting in 1997 as an Illinois State Senator. During his life and career, Obama accomplished many firsts, from becoming the first Black president of the Harvard Law Review to the first African-American POTUS. As the 44th President of the United States, Obama passed the Affordable Care Act, repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, ended military involvement in the Iraq War, ordered the military operation that killed Osama bin Laden, signed the 2015 Paris Agreement on global climate change and so much more. Navigate through President Barack Obama’s historic journey in photos.

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1990

Barack Obama, a graduate of Harvard Law School ’91, is photographed on campus after he was named head of the Harvard Law Review in 1990. (Joe Wrinn/Corbis via Getty Images)

2004
Then-Democratic Senate nominee Barack Obama, working near a photo of a victorious Muhammad Ali standing over his challenger, reads through his keynote address that he delivered to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 22, 2004. In the 17 minutes it took to deliver the speech, Obama createed a national buzz, and pundits and politicians began talking about him as a presidential candidate.

Then-Democratic Senate nominee Barack Obama, working near a photo of a victorious Muhammad Ali standing over his challenger, reads through his keynote address that he delivered to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 22, 2004. In the 17 minutes it took to deliver the speech, Obama createed a national buzz, and pundits and politicians began talking about him as a presidential candidate. (M. Spencer Green/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

2004
Democratic National Convention keynote speaker Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave after he spoke on July 27, 2004, in Boston, Mass. The U.S. Democratic Party opened the second day of their national convention that will culminate with the formal nomination of John Kerry as their White House candidate on July 29.

Democratic National Convention keynote speaker Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave after he spoke on July 27, 2004, in Boston, Mass. The U.S. Democratic Party opened the second day of their national convention that will culminate with the formal nomination of John Kerry as their White House candidate on July 29. (STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)

2004
Barack Obama blows out candles on his birthday cake at his 43rd birthday celebration with his wife Michelle, who is holding the cake, and daughters Sasha and Malia (R) during a fundraiser on Aug. 4, 2004, in Matteson, Illinois. Obama is the Democratic candidate from Illinois running for the U.S. Senate and currently represents Illinois' 13th Senate District on Chicago's South Side.

Barack Obama blows out candles on his birthday cake at his 43rd birthday celebration with his wife Michelle, who is holding the cake, and daughters Sasha and Malia (R) during a fundraiser on Aug. 4, 2004, in Matteson, Illinois. Obama is the Democratic candidate from Illinois running for the U.S. Senate and currently represents Illinois’ 13th Senate District on Chicago’s South Side. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

2004
Democratic Vice Presidential candidate U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) (C) shakes hands with a guest at Manny's Deli as Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama (R) reaches for a handshake on Aug. 9, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois.

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) (C) shakes hands with a guest at Manny’s Deli as Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama (R) reaches for a handshake on Aug. 9, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

2004
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois Barack Obama (R) listens to his Republican rival Alan Keyes during a debate on Oct. 21, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. The debate is the second of three scheduled debates for the candidates before the November 2 election.

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois Barack Obama (R) listens to his Republican rival Alan Keyes during a debate on Oct. 21, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. The debate is the second of three scheduled debates for the candidates before the November 2 election. (Pool/Getty Images)

2004
Candidate for the U.S. Senate Barack Obama (D-IL) sits with his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (R) in a hotel room as they wait for election returns to come on Nov. 2, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois.

Candidate for the U.S. Senate Barack Obama (D-IL) sits with his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (R) in a hotel room as they wait for election returns to come on Nov. 2, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2004
Barack Obama, his daughter Malia (L), his wife Michelle and his youngest daughter Sasha celebrate his victory over Republican rival Alan Keyes for the U.S. Senate on Nov. 2, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois.

Barack Obama, his daughter Malia (L), his wife Michelle and his youngest daughter Sasha celebrate his victory over Republican rival Alan Keyes for the U.S. Senate on Nov. 2, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2004
Then-Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Barack Obama leaves with his wife Michelle, daughters Sasha, front left, and Malia after voting at Catholic Theological union polling place in Chicago in this Nov. 2, 2004, photo. As the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama had his pick of top law firms. He chose Justin Miner's Chicago civil rights firm, where he represented community organizers, discrimination victims and black voters trying to force a redrawing of city ward boundaries.

Then-Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Barack Obama leaves with his wife Michelle, daughters Sasha, front left, and Malia after voting at Catholic Theological union polling place in Chicago in this Nov. 2, 2004, photo. As the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama had his pick of top law firms. He chose Justin Miner’s Chicago civil rights firm, where he represented community organizers, discrimination victims and black voters trying to force a redrawing of city ward boundaries. (NAM Y HUH/AP)

2004
Candidate for the U.S. Senate Barack Obama (C) speaks to news reporters, with his wife Michelle at his side, outside his polling place after voting on Nov. 2, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. Obama is expected to win easily against the Republican candidate Alan Keyes.

Candidate for the U.S. Senate Barack Obama (C) speaks to news reporters, with his wife Michelle at his side, outside his polling place after voting on Nov. 2, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. Obama is expected to win easily against the Republican candidate Alan Keyes. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2005
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (2nd L) poses for with his wife Michelle (2nd R), Vice President Dick Cheney (R), daughters (C) Malia and Sasha during the reenactment of a swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill on Jan. 4, 2005, in Washington, DC. The 109th Congress was sworn on January 4.

U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (2nd L) poses for with his wife Michelle (2nd R), Vice President Dick Cheney (R), daughters (C) Malia and Sasha during the reenactment of a swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill on Jan. 4, 2005, in Washington, DC. The 109th Congress was sworn on January 4. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

2005
Senator Barack Obama poses in the press room with his award at the 36th NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005, in Los Angeles, Calif. Senator Barack Obama was honored with the Chairman's Award.

Senator Barack Obama poses in the press room with his award at the 36th NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005, in Los Angeles, Calif. Senator Barack Obama was honored with the Chairman’s Award. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

2005
U.S. Senator Barack Obama poses with a Gibson guitar after receiving an award at the 12th Annual Rock the Vote Awards held at the National Building Museum on June 8, 2005, in Washington, DC.

U.S. Senator Barack Obama poses with a Gibson guitar after receiving an award at the 12th Annual Rock the Vote Awards held at the National Building Museum on June 8, 2005, in Washington, DC. (Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)

2005
U.S. Senator for Illinois Barack Obama throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of Game Two of the American League Championship Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Oct. 12, 2005, at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.

U.S. Senator for Illinois Barack Obama throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of Game Two of the American League Championship Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Oct. 12, 2005, at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

2006
U.S.Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (C) and U.S. Army Capt. Michael Benoit (L) tour the heavily damaged Lower 9th Ward on July 21, 2006, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Obama spent the afternoon touring sections of the city damaged after Hurricane Katrina struck.

U.S.Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (C) and U.S. Army Capt. Michael Benoit (L) tour the heavily damaged Lower 9th Ward on July 21, 2006, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Obama spent the afternoon touring sections of the city damaged after Hurricane Katrina struck. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

2006
Barak Obama, U.S. Senator for Illinois, looks out of the window of Nelson Mandela's jail cell on Aug. 20, 2006, on Robben Island, about six kilometers from the city, in Table Bay. Obama was visiting the island prison museum, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for about 18 years, as part of a larger visit to South Africa.

Barak Obama, U.S. Senator for Illinois, looks out of the window of Nelson Mandela’s jail cell on Aug. 20, 2006, on Robben Island, about six kilometers from the city, in Table Bay. Obama was visiting the island prison museum, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for about 18 years, as part of a larger visit to South Africa. (RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)

2006
U.S. Illinois senator Barack Obama is welcomed by his paternal 82-year-old grandmother Sarah Obama at their rural home in Siaya, Kisumu on Aug. 26, 2006, in Kisumu, 365 km west of Nairobi, Kenya. This was senator Obama's visit in 14 years. Senator Obama urged residents of the area to go and be tested for HIV and AIDs.

U.S. Illinois senator Barack Obama is welcomed by his paternal 82-year-old grandmother Sarah Obama at their rural home in Siaya, Kisumu on Aug. 26, 2006, in Kisumu, 365 km west of Nairobi, Kenya. This was senator Obama’s visit in 14 years. Senator Obama urged residents of the area to go and be tested for HIV and AIDs. (SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images)

2007
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) looks at documents while sitting in a subway car under the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 17, 2007, in Washington, DC. Obama yesterday filed papers to form an exploratory committee for a potential bid for the U.S. presidency in 2008.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) looks at documents while sitting in a subway car under the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 17, 2007, in Washington, DC. Obama yesterday filed papers to form an exploratory committee for a potential bid for the U.S. presidency in 2008. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

2007
Senator Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at the

Senator Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at the “Yes We Can” rally at the Johnson Hall at George Mason University on Feb. 2, 2007, in Fairfax, Virginia. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

2007
A student watches as Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is introduced at a rally at George Mason University on Feb. 2, 2007, in Fairfax, Virginia. Obama is expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency of the United States by February 10.

A student watches as Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is introduced at a rally at George Mason University on Feb. 2, 2007, in Fairfax, Virginia. Obama is expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency of the United States by February 10. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

2007
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (2nd-L) his daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (C) and his wife Michelle (R) wave to a crowd gathered on the lawn of the old State Capital Building on Feb. 10, 2007, in Springfield, Illinois. Obama announced to the crowd that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President.

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (2nd-L) his daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (C) and his wife Michelle (R) wave to a crowd gathered on the lawn of the old State Capital Building on Feb. 10, 2007, in Springfield, Illinois. Obama announced to the crowd that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2007
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) chats with Zoe Russell (R), Aida Villarreal-Licona (2nd-R) and her sister Sophia (3rd-R) during a press conference before for a campaign rally at Iowa State University on Feb. 11, 2007, in Ames, Iowa. All three were high school and middle school students working on a documentary about youth involvement in politics. Obama is wrapping up a two-day campaign swing through Iowa after announcing February 10, that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President.

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) chats with Zoe Russell (R), Aida Villarreal-Licona (2nd-R) and her sister Sophia (3rd-R) during a press conference before for a campaign rally at Iowa State University on Feb. 11, 2007, in Ames, Iowa. All three were high school and middle school students working on a documentary about youth involvement in politics. Obama is wrapping up a two-day campaign swing through Iowa after announcing February 10, that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2007
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) wears a cowboy hat offered by a supporter after speaking at an outdoor rally on Feb. 23, 2007, in Austin, Texas. Obama, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, told more than 10,000 people that it's time to end the war in Iraq and to turn the nation's attention to education and health care.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) wears a cowboy hat offered by a supporter after speaking at an outdoor rally on Feb. 23, 2007, in Austin, Texas. Obama, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, told more than 10,000 people that it’s time to end the war in Iraq and to turn the nation’s attention to education and health care. (Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

2007
Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (2nd-L) marches with a crowd to the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 1965

Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (2nd-L) marches with a crowd to the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” Voting Rights march on March 4, 2007, in Selma, Alabama. In the 1965 march, which was to go from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama police beat back the marchers when they reached the Pettus Bridge. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2007
Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) (L), Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (C) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (R) talk prior to the first debate of the 2008 presidential campaign April 26, 2007, at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The debate, featuring eight Democratic presidential candidates, comes 263 days before the first ballot will be cast in the Iowa caucus next January.

Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) (L), Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (C) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (R) talk prior to the first debate of the 2008 presidential campaign April 26, 2007, at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The debate, featuring eight Democratic presidential candidates, comes 263 days before the first ballot will be cast in the Iowa caucus next January. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

2007
Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) is joined by a singing Stevie Wonder during a service commemorating the Los Angeles riots at the First AME Church on April 29, 2007, in Los Angeles, Calif. The LA riots, which started 15 years ago on April 29, 1992, lasted three days and resulted in 53 deaths.

Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) is joined by a singing Stevie Wonder during a service commemorating the Los Angeles riots at the First AME Church on April 29, 2007, in Los Angeles, Calif. The LA riots, which started 15 years ago on April 29, 1992, lasted three days and resulted in 53 deaths. (Ann Johansson/Getty Images)

2007
Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama (C) (D-IL) rides a carnival ride with his daughter Malia (L) at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 16, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama (C) (D-IL) rides a carnival ride with his daughter Malia (L) at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 16, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2007
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks during the

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks during the “A Night at the Apollo” fundraiser event at the Apollo Theater on Nov. 29, 2007, in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. This is Obama’s first campaign visit to Harlem. (Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images)

2007
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (C), his wife Michelle (L) and talk show host Oprah Winfrey greet voters at a campaign rally on Dec. 8, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa. Obama and Winfrey are scheduled to make two stops in Iowa before heading off to campaign events in South Carolina and New Hampshire tomorrow.

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (C), his wife Michelle (L) and talk show host Oprah Winfrey greet voters at a campaign rally on Dec. 8, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa. Obama and Winfrey are scheduled to make two stops in Iowa before heading off to campaign events in South Carolina and New Hampshire tomorrow. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2008
Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama casts his vote in the 2008 presidential elections in Chicago, Illinois on Nov. 4, 2008.

Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama casts his vote in the 2008 presidential elections in Chicago, Illinois on Nov. 4, 2008. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images)

2008
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night victory rally at Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night victory rally at Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

2008
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his family arrive on stage for his election night victory rally at Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois. Americans emphatically elected Obama as their first black president in a transformational election which will reshape U.S. politics and the U.S. role on the world stage.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his family arrive on stage for his election night victory rally at Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois. Americans emphatically elected Obama as their first black president in a transformational election which will reshape U.S. politics and the U.S. role on the world stage. (STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)

2008
The Time magazine naming Barack Obama as Person of the Year sits at a newsstand on Dec. 19, 2008, in New York City.

The Time magazine naming Barack Obama as Person of the Year sits at a newsstand on Dec. 19, 2008, in New York City. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

2009
Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office as the 44th President with his wife, Michelle, by his side at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on Jan. 20, 2009. The Obama's were joined by their daughters Malia (2nd R) and Sasha.

Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office as the 44th President with his wife, Michelle, by his side at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on Jan. 20, 2009. The Obama’s were joined by their daughters Malia (2nd R) and Sasha. (CHUCK KENNEDY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

2009
People gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC to watch the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama as 44th U.S. president on Jan. 20, 2009.

People gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC to watch the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama as 44th U.S. president on Jan. 20, 2009. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

2009
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle walk the Inaugural Parade route after Obama was sworn in as 44th president on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, DC. Obama and Michelle twice stepped from their limousine and out onto Pennsylvania Avenue to walk down the route taking them to the White House.

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle walk the Inaugural Parade route after Obama was sworn in as 44th president on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, DC. Obama and Michelle twice stepped from their limousine and out onto Pennsylvania Avenue to walk down the route taking them to the White House. (DOUG MILLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

2009
President Barack Obama dances with his wife and First Lady Michelle Obama during the Western Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States today, becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the U.S.

President Barack Obama dances with his wife and First Lady Michelle Obama during the Western Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States today, becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the U.S. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

2009
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama leave the Southern Regional Inaugural Ball at the DC Armory in Washington, DC, early January 21, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president on Jan. 20.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama leave the Southern Regional Inaugural Ball at the DC Armory in Washington, DC, early January 21, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president on Jan. 20. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

2009
In this handout provide by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office of the White House the day after his inauguration on Jan. 21, 2009, in Washington, DC. Obama is serving as the 44th President of the U.S. and the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.

In this handout provide by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office of the White House the day after his inauguration on Jan. 21, 2009, in Washington, DC. Obama is serving as the 44th President of the U.S. and the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (The White House/Getty Images)

2009
U.S. President Barack Obama is seen with host Jay Leno during a taping of

U.S. President Barack Obama is seen with host Jay Leno during a taping of “The Tonight Show” at NBC studios in March 2009 in Burbank, Calif. Obama has appeared on the late night comedy shows before as a candidate, but NBC said this will be the first time a serving president has been on “The Tonight Show.” (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

2009
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama pose for photographs with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during an audience at Buckingham Palace on April 1, 2009, in London, England.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama pose for photographs with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during an audience at Buckingham Palace on April 1, 2009, in London, England. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

2009
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) reads a book to a group of children as first lady Michelle Obama (L) and their daughters Sasha Obama (2R) and Malia Obama sit with him during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 13, 2009, in Washington, DC. The event dates back to 1878 and is named for races where children push colored eggs across the grass using wooden spoons.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) reads a book to a group of children as first lady Michelle Obama (L) and their daughters Sasha Obama (2R) and Malia Obama sit with him during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 13, 2009, in Washington, DC. The event dates back to 1878 and is named for races where children push colored eggs across the grass using wooden spoons. (Pool/Getty Images)

2009
President Barack Obama (R) and Vice President Joe Biden applaud Obama's nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on May 26, 2009. Sotomayor if confirmed, will serve as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.

President Barack Obama (R) and Vice President Joe Biden applaud Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on May 26, 2009. Sotomayor if confirmed, will serve as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

2009
President Barack Obama (R) talks with Police Sergeant James Crowley (2nd R) of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2nd L), alongside Vice President Joe Biden (L) as they share beers on the South Lawn near the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on July 30, 2009. In an effort to curb controversy, the so-called

President Barack Obama (R) talks with Police Sergeant James Crowley (2nd R) of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2nd L), alongside Vice President Joe Biden (L) as they share beers on the South Lawn near the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on July 30, 2009. In an effort to curb controversy, the so-called “Beer Summit,” is being held after Crowley arrested Gates at his home on July 16, sparking tensions and racial furor. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

2009
Nobel Peace Prize laureate, U.S. President Barack Obama poses on the podium with his diploma and gold medal during the Nobel ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on Dec. 10, 2009. The president faces the tricky task of reconciling the revered honor with his decision just last week to send 30,000 troops to escalate the war in Afghanistan, a move that tripled the U.S. forces there since he took office.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, U.S. President Barack Obama poses on the podium with his diploma and gold medal during the Nobel ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on Dec. 10, 2009. The president faces the tricky task of reconciling the revered honor with his decision just last week to send 30,000 troops to escalate the war in Afghanistan, a move that tripled the U.S. forces there since he took office. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP via Getty Images)

2010
U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) look on as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to both houses of Congress during his first State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 27, 2010, in Washington, DC. Since taking office a little over a year ago, Obama's approval ratings have dropped significantly according to recent polls.

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) look on as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to both houses of Congress during his first State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 27, 2010, in Washington, DC. Since taking office a little over a year ago, Obama’s approval ratings have dropped significantly according to recent polls. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

2010
President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Health Care for America Act during a ceremony with fellow Democrats in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010, in Washington, DC. The historic bill was passed by the House of Representatives Sunday after a 14-month-long political battle that left the legislation without a single Republican vote.

President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Health Care for America Act during a ceremony with fellow Democrats in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010, in Washington, DC. The historic bill was passed by the House of Representatives Sunday after a 14-month-long political battle that left the legislation without a single Republican vote. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

2010
U.S. President Barack Obama is shown after delivering his first Oval Office address at the White House on June 15, 2010, in Washington DC. Obama used the speech to press for compensation from BP for those

U.S. President Barack Obama is shown after delivering his first Oval Office address at the White House on June 15, 2010, in Washington DC. Obama used the speech to press for compensation from BP for those “harmed by the Gulf oil spill,” and to call for a comprehensive energy bill. (Pool/Getty Images)

2010
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after a televised national address from the Oval Office of the White House on Aug. 31, 2010, in Washington, DC. In his remarks, Obama formally declared an end to the combat mission in Iraq.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after a televised national address from the Oval Office of the White House on Aug. 31, 2010, in Washington, DC. In his remarks, Obama formally declared an end to the combat mission in Iraq. (Pool/Getty Images)

2011
In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 847, the

In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 847, the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act” on Jan. 2, 2011, in Kailua, Hawaii. The bill provides health coverage to the workers that were affected at ground zero after helping others and clearing the rubble during 9/11. (Handout/Getty Images)

2011
U.S. President Barack Obama stands after addressing the nation on TV from the East Room of the White House to make a televised statement on May 1, 2011, in Washington, DC. Bin Laden has been killed near Islamabad, Pakistan almost a decade after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and his body is in possession of the United States.

U.S. President Barack Obama stands after addressing the nation on TV from the East Room of the White House to make a televised statement on May 1, 2011, in Washington, DC. Bin Laden has been killed near Islamabad, Pakistan almost a decade after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and his body is in possession of the United States. (Pool/Getty Images)

2011
In this handout image provided by The White House, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House May 1, 2011, in Washington, DC. Obama later announced that the United States had killed Bin Laden in an operation led by U.S. Special Forces at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

In this handout image provided by The White House, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House May 1, 2011, in Washington, DC. Obama later announced that the United States had killed Bin Laden in an operation led by U.S. Special Forces at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (The White House/Getty Images)

2012
U.S. President Barack Obama pets his dog, Bo, outside the Oval Office of the White House on March 15, 2012, in Washington, DC.

U.S. President Barack Obama pets his dog, Bo, outside the Oval Office of the White House on March 15, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Pool/Getty Images)

2012
President Barack Obama makes a statement in the White House briefing room following a briefing on Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012, in Washington, DC. Obama returned early from a campaign trip to Florida and has canceled several other campaign events to monitor the storm.

President Barack Obama makes a statement in the White House briefing room following a briefing on Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012, in Washington, DC. Obama returned early from a campaign trip to Florida and has canceled several other campaign events to monitor the storm. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

2012
U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place on Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place on Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

2012
U.S. President Barack Obama wipes tears as he makes a statement in response to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012, at the White House in Washington, DC. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after a shooter opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history.

U.S. President Barack Obama wipes tears as he makes a statement in response to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012, at the White House in Washington, DC. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after a shooter opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

2015
U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) pose for a family portrait with their pets Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Washington, DC.

U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) pose for a family portrait with their pets Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Washington, DC. (Handout/Getty Images)

2015
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) hand out treats to a child who dressed as the Pope during a Halloween event at the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 30, 2015, in Washington, DC.

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) hand out treats to a child who dressed as the Pope during a Halloween event at the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 30, 2015, in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

2016
Members of the Broadway cast of

Members of the Broadway cast of “Hamilton” perform music from the production for President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and other guests in the East Room of the White House on March 14, 2016, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

2016
In this handout provided by The White House, President Barack Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Prince George at Kensington Palace on April 22, 2016, in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they attended lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and later dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Obama visited 10 Downing Street this afternoon and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union.

In this handout provided by The White House, President Barack Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Prince George at Kensington Palace on April 22, 2016, in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they attended lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and later dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Obama visited 10 Downing Street this afternoon and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (The White House/Getty Images)

2017
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (L) welcome President-elect Donald Trump (2nd-R) and his wife Melania to the White House in Washington, DC on Jan. 20, 2017.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (L) welcome President-elect Donald Trump (2nd-R) and his wife Melania to the White House in Washington, DC on Jan. 20, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

2018
Former U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and artist Kehinde Wiley unveil his portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on Feb. 12, 2018, in Washington, DC. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama's portrait and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and artist Kehinde Wiley unveil his portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, on Feb. 12, 2018, in Washington, DC. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama’s portrait and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

2021
President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States.

President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)