Barack Hussein Obama II 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 after his election to the presidency in November 2008.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.´On October 9, 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. (source) Thank you Michaela!