Barack Obama

Early Life and Family

What did his parents do for a living?

Barack Obama Sr. was a foreign student studying at the University of Hawaii, where he met a young Ann Dunham, who also was a student at the university. He and Dunham married, even though—unbeknownst to her—he still had a wife back home in Kenya. Obama left Dunham to pursue his doctorate degree at Harvard. He later worked in the Kenyan government as an economist. Ann Dunham worked as an anthropologist; she studied and lived extensively in Indonesia.

President Barack Obama.


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