Barack Obama

Barack Obama is one of the most inspiring biracial individuals in American history.  He is known worldwide, for being the 44th President of the United States and is often referred to as, “the first black president.”  While this is partially true, a more accurate descriptor of his racial identity would be to say that he is, “the first Biracial, Black and White president,” of the United States. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4th, 1961, to a black father from Kenya, named Barack Obama Sr. and a white mother from Kansas, named Ann Dunham. He just celebrated his 57th birthday.

Since the end of his presidency, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, continue to live in the Washington, D.C. area about two miles from the White House.  They enjoy their “quiet lifestyle,” that is more out of the public eye. He is catching up on rest through vacationing and spending time playing one of his favorite sports, golf.  He has made a deliberate attempt to not interfere or be vocal about the politics of the new administration, knowing that his words still carry enormous weight.

Their older daughter Malia moved out to attend Harvard university in August of 2017, but their younger daughter remains at home.  Since Sasha Obama is graduating from high school in 2019, they thought it would be best not to disrupt her education by moving to another state.

There are two main professional agendas that Obama has focused on since leaving the White House.  In the past year and a half, he has worked diligently to establish the Obama Foundation.  With headquarters in Chicago, their mission is “to equip civic innovators, young leaders, and everyday citizens with the skills and tools they need to create change in their communities.” Barack Obama has a passion for raising up young leaders and aims to be the inspiration to a younger generation of people, like Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were to him.

Secondly, he has spent his time entering the entertainment world, establishing a new production company called Higher Grounds Productions.  “One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” said former president Obama in a statement released by Netflix. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

We will keep our eyes on the Obamas as excitement still swirls around the idea of the Obama’s re-entering politics. This time with Michelle as a potential presidential candidate, and Barack as a biracial, first man.


Alexis Cook

Project RACE Teen Co-President


Photo Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais