Happy 50th Birthday President Obama

Happy 50th Birthday President Obama
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 03, 2011

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In this precious mother and son moment, a la 1960’s, a very young Barack Obama looks on with a boyish grin as mother Ann Dunham holds on tight.

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Now a budding graduate of the SDN Menteg School 1, young Barack Obama (shown circled in yellow) stands alongside classmates in a group photo during a graduation ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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A young man with big dreams and the spirit to make them happen, a young Barack Obama proudly poses with his father, Barack Obama Sr., as the two show off matching wrist wear.

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A nine-year-old Barack Obama (right), with his mother Ann Dunham (center), his Indonesian step-father Lolo Soetoro, and his less than one-year-old sister Maya Soetoro in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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With a trim fro and ever-charming grin Obama began his college education in New York City, as a student at Columbia University. President Obama received his B.A. degree in political science in 1983 from Columbia.

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Barack Obama with his grandparents, Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham in New York City, during a visit while Obama attended Columbia University.

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Before he was Mr. President, he was Professor Obama while teaching at the University of Chicago Law School.

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The country’s most beloved couple, simply known as “Barack and Michelle” became man and wife on Oct. 18, 1992 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Flashing his iconic million-watt smile, President Obama greets residents outside the St. James Food Pantry where he spent the morning handing out Thanksgiving groceries on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, in Chicago.

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Celebrating his 43rd birthday with Michelle and daughters faithfully by his side, President Obama blows out his candles in this milestone moment.

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Always the family man first, President Obama has some sweet fun in the sun with Sasha and Malia in this heart-warming father-daughter photo.

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This photo says it all. Warm, thoughtful and a true role model, President Obama pauses before speaking at St. Mark Cathedral in Harvey, Illinois, January 15, 2007.

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This was the night that changed history. On this Nov. 4, 2008 night in Chicago, Illinois President Barack Obama walked out on stage and introduced all of America to the new First Family. This moment will forever mark the day an African-American man with an African-American wife and children, won the Presidency of the United States.

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Sasha Obama gives a tiny orange-gloved thumbs up to dad signifying a new era after President Obama makes history taking the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

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In this memorable snapshot, President Obama famously two-stepped the night away with wife Michelle at one of the night’s inauguration ball.

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President Barack Obama flashing a peace sign and First Lady Michelle Obama offering a gentle wave ride in a golf cart at an Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C, Jan. 20, 2009.

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Showing us his best Tiger Woods skills, President Obama tees off on 10th hole while playing golf at the Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 31, 2009.

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Taking in his new surroundings, President Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office on his first day in office, Jan. 21, 2009.

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Standing dapper as can be, President Barack Obama takes in wife Michelle’s stunning golden goddess look for the evening’s regal affair.

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The highlight of a lifetime, President Barack Obama poses with his diploma and medal during the Nobel Peace prize award ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on December 10, 2009.

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President Barack Obama takes in a view of the Great Wall of China in Badaling, China, 18 November 2009.

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President Obama enjoys one of his favorite past times and shoots some hoops at Riverview Elementary School in Elkhart, Ind., May 4, 2008.

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President Obama walks the beach with his daughters Malia, then 10, left, and Sasha, then 7, Aug. 12, 2008 during his vacation in Kailua, Hawaii.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wear 3-D glasses while watching a TV commercial during Super Bowl 43, Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, in the family theater of the White House on Feb. 1, 2009. Guests included family, friends, Cabinet members, staff members and bipartisan members of Congress.

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President Obama and Mrs. Obama walk greener pastures holding hands.

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President Barack Obama and his youngest daughter Sasha walk through the Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii.

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President Obama and Michelle take the family pup for a stroll on White House grounds.

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President Barack Obama exposes his trademark grin while laughing during an interview with Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel at the White House in Washington.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share a special moment as Michelle rests her head on her husband’s shoulder while the two watch the fireworks over the National Mall from the roof of the White House, July 4, 2010.

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In this iconic all-American family photo, President Obama walks with his beautiful daughters Sasha and Malia, and wife Michelle.

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President Barack Obama, took First Lady Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Maila on his trip to South America in March 2011. Here they are welcomed by Salvadorean Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez, upon their arrival at the airport in the San Salvador.

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The President and First Lady meet with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as they arrive at Buckingham Palace in London in May 2011.

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The First Couple is still one of the most beautiful couples around. Here they are photographed during a dinner at Winfield House in London.

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The President and The First Lady host a picnic for military families at the White House for the 4th of July.

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The first Twitter president: POTUS uses a laptop computer to send a tweet during a “Twitter Town Hall” in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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The Obamas still go to church on Sundays. Here they head to St. Johns Church in Washington DC.

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Avid soccer lovers, the First Family watches the World Cup soccer game between the U.S. and Japan, from the Treaty Room office in the residence of the White House.

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The President makes a statement in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington about the break down of debt ceiling talks.

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Jennifer Hudson is greeted by President Obama at his birthday celebration in Chicago.

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Asked how he felt about his birthday, the president joked, “I feel real good about 5-0. I’ve got a little greyer since I took this job, but otherwise, I feel pretty good. And Michelle still thinks I’m cute.”

Happy Birthday!