Michelle Obama wrote the sweetest words for her best-friend and husband, the President of the United States, Barack Obama who turned 55 today.
She penned: 55 years young and that smile still gets me every single day. Happy birthday, Barack. I love you. – MO
Barack Hussein Obama II, born on August 4, 1961 is the 44th and current President of the United States.
He is the first African American to hold the office and the first president born outside the continental United States.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review.
He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree.
Obama worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004.
While serving three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 against the incumbent Bobby Rush.
In 2004, Obama received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in the United States Senate with his victory in the March Democratic Party primary, his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July, and his election to the Senate in November.
He began his presidential campaign in 2007 and, after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2008, he won sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination.
Obama then defeated Republican nominee John McCain in the general election, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.
Nine months after his inauguration, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He was reelected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and was sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2013.
During his second term, Obama promoted domestic policies related to gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and has called for greater inclusiveness for LGBT Americans.
Happy Birthday Barack Obama. We wish you many more years ahead.