|44th President of the United States|
|(January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017)|
|Born||August 4, 1961 |
|High school||Punahou School|
|Relatives||Craig Robinson (brother-in-law)|
Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. 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 following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.
Of note, President Obama is an avid sports fan. As a student at Punahou High School in Hawaii, Obama played varsity sports. The Topps trading card company has also made basketball trading cards of the President.
Family and personal life
Obama was known as "Barry" in his youth, but asked to be addressed with his given name during his college years. Besides his native English, Obama speaks Indonesian at the conversational level, which he learned during his four childhood years in Jakarta. He plays basketball, a sport he participated in as a member of his high school's varsity team. His brother in law, Craig Robinson was drafted in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. His daughters, Malia and Sasha also play hoops.
In 2009, he successfully picked North Carolina to win the NCAA Final Four. He reviewed his selections with press secretary Robert Gibbs, an Auburn, Alabama native. ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz was at the White House for the Presidential predictions and disagreed on two of the predictions in the bracket. Katz thought the Pittsburgh Panthers would win the tournament, rather than North Carolina.
On July 27, 2021, Obama joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner, where he will help to advance the league’s social responsibility efforts across the continent, including programs and partnerships that support greater gender equality and economic inclusion. Obama will also have a minority equity stake in the new venture, in which over time he intends to use to fund Obama Foundation youth and leadership programs across Africa.
WNBA championship ring
In June 2011, President Obama invited the 2010 WNBA champion Seattle Storm to the White House. He stated that the franchise provided a good example for young girls with big dreams. He praised the Storm for the community service they perform and stated that being champions did not end when they step off the court. The Storm presented the President with a championship ring.
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- Kantor, Jodi (June 1, 2007). "One Place Where Obama Goes Elbow to Elbow". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/01/us/politics/01hoops.html. Retrieved April 28, 2008. See also: "The Love of the Game" (video). Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO). April 15, 2008. http://www.hbo.com/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel/episodes#/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel/episodes/0/133-april-15-2008/index.html. Retrieved October 12, 2011.