Happy Birthday, Mr. President: Barack Obama at 50

Happy Birthday Barack Obama
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The Birth of a President
Barack Obama is pictured with his mother Ann Dunham in the 1960s. Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, to a black father and a white mother. His biracial identity would play a critical role in his intellectual and political development.

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