Barack Obama was the first African-American President. He was 47 years old when he became the 44th President of America in 2009. Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961. His father was a Kenyan. He left the family when Barack was two years old. Barack Obama was raised by his mother Ann Dunham. She died from cancer in 1995. Barack Obama had a good education. He was also a skilful basketball player. Later, he attended Colombia University in New York and then Harvard.