Barack Obama is the first African American to serve as the president of the U.S. He was first elected to the presidency in 2008, and then again in 2012. He was born on the 4th of August 1961, in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father.
Back when he was campaigning to be president, it was widely thought that there was no way a black man could ever hold such a high position as the president of the USA. Comments like those below were commonplace in the American Press;