Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama lived in Seattle, Washington and Honolulu before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia in 1967. He returned to Hawaii for high school before attending Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard. Before winning the 2008 Presidential election, President Obama lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
In 1988, Obama left for Harvard Law School, returning to Chicago twice for summer stints at élite law firms, including, after his first year, Sidley Austin. He returned to Chicago permanently when he graduated, in 1991. In a short period, he built a notable résumé and a network of connections. During the 1992 Presidential campaign, he ran a voter-registration drive that placed him at the center of the city’s politics. Obama practiced civil-rights law at a firm admired in the city’s progressive circles, and became a popular lecturer in the law school at the University of Chicago. He was on the board of two liberal foundations that spread grant money around Chicago, and he settled in Hyde Park
From Harvard he returned to Chicago, where he worked on a voter registration drive, started work at a small law firm specializing in civil rights cases and taught at the University of Chicago Law School. In 1992, he and Michelle were married.
Obama returned from Kenya with a sense of renewal, entering Harvard Law School in 1988. The next year, he met Michelle Robinson, an associate at Sidley & Austin law firm in Chicago. In February 1990, Obama was elected the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review, and he graduated magna cum laude in 1991.
On his first night in New York City, his dorm room unavailable and his finances thin, Obama spent the night curled up in an alleyway, waiting to move into his apartment in Spanish Harlem.
Obama left Hawaii for college, enrolling first at Occidental College in Los Angeles for his freshman and sophomore years, and then at Columbia University in New York City. He read deeply and widely about political and international affairs, graduating from Columbia with a political science major in 1983. After spending an additional year in New York as a researcher with Business International Group, a global business consulting firm, Obama accepted an offer to work as a community organizer in Chicago's largely poor and black South Side.
In his 1995 memoir, <i>Dreams from My Father,</i> Obama wrote about growing up with the island's unique food and culture: poi and roast pig, choice cuts of aku for sashimi and spearfishing off Kailua Bay. Living in his grandparents' downtown apartment, he attended the prestigious Punahou School and drove to parties at Army bases.
Concerned for his education, Obama's mother sent him back to Hawaii to live with her parents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham, and to attend Hawaii's prestigious Punahou School from fifth grade through graduation from high school.
In 1967, Obama moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, with his mother and stepfather. Their address while there is unknown, but it was in an area known as the Menteng neighborhood.
In late August 1961, Obama and his mother moved to 516 13th Ave. East in Seattle, Wash. They lived there for nearly a year before moving back to Honolulu, Hawaii.
Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii.