At 6'1" tall, Barack Obama is inarguably one of the most powerful men in the world. He was born on August 4, 1971 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was born to Ann Dunham, a white American and Barack Obama Senior, his Kenyan father. Obama attended Columbia University in New York and then Harvard Law School, where he became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. His political career began in 2004, when he was elected as a Democratic senator for Illinois. In 2008 Obama ran for president and won, making him the first African America president in the history of the United States. He is running for re-election in the year 2012.