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President Obama is smiling wearing sunglasses, a white hardhat with the Obama Foundation rising sun logo, gloves, and a bright orange safety vest over a long dress coat. He is holding a cup of coffee and standing next to a white woman wearing a neon yellow construction coat, hard hat, and goggles. They are walking in front of three other people with a range of light to deep skin tones wearing orange safety vests and white hard hats. They are all walking in an unfinished building with scaffolding in the background.
  • Building the Center
  • Chicago

See the latest photos and stay up-to-date on the building process.

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President Obama sits at a desk, pen in hand, as other politicians look on. A young boy at the front, dressed in a suit vest and tie also looks on.
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  • Presidential History

Hear from President Obama as he reflects on this milestone moment.

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President Obama and then Vice President Joe Biden clap as they stand at a conference table. In the background, people with a range of light skin tones clap and cheer. All are dressed professionally.
  • Presidential History
  • Health & Wellbeing

Personal stories released that highlight the legacy and impact of the ACA

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President Obama shoots a basketball into a hoop. He is dressed professionally and is on the White House Basketball court. A White House logo is on the base of the basketball hoop.
  • Obama Picks

Check out President Obama’s Barack-ets!

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President Obama tilts his head upwards along with out-of-focus onlookers. A digital screen shows something out of focus behind him.
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  • Building the Center

Get a sneak peek at a four-story digital wall that will celebrate the “Power of Words” and pay homage to the first digital President.

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President Obama stands in the middle of young leaders at MBK Rising! All men are dressed professionally and have a range of light to deep skin tones.
  • Youth
  • MBK Alliance

Take a look back at some of the program's most inspiring moments.

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Representative John Lewis and President Barack Obama are sitting in a room together laughing in the middle of a conversation. Representative Lewis is sitting on a couch on the left-hand side of the image with his hands placed on his left knee. He is an older, brown-skinned man with a bald head. He is wearing a blue suit, with a white button-down shirt, and a blue tie. The couch Rep. Lewis is sitting on, is the color brown. President Obama is sitting on the right side of the image in a beige chair. He is wearing a black suit with a blue button-down shirt. His arms are placed on the side of the chair. In the room of the image is a beige coffee table with a large blue book on top of it. On the front of the book is the number, “44.” The room has beige walls with pictures on the left side. On the wall are three pictures: the largest picture features a blue background and the figure of a man’s arms and head; the second largest picture is an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking during the March on Washington; the smallest picture is indistinguishable. In the room there is a small brown side table that sits between Rep. John Lewis and President Barack Obama. On the side table is a table lamp with a white lamp shade and two framed pictures.
  • Presidential History
  • Changemakers

Learn about the work of civil rights icon John Lewis and his influence on President Obama and the Obama Foundation.

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President and Mrs. Obama are standing close to one another–President Obama is leaning in and Mrs. Obama is smiling with her hands clasped in front of each other– in a carpeted room with large pieces of artwork on the walls and a flag with the United States seal. Text overlay reads “You’re the Barack to my Michelle” and a pink border surrounds the whole image.
  • Obama Picks
  • Michelle Obama

Celebrate your Valentine today with one of our downloadable cards!

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President Obama stands behind a podium at the 2023 Obama Foundation Democracy Forum. He is looking left and away from the audience in front of him. He is wearing a black suit. Two clear teleprompters are on the side of him.
  • Event
  • Defending Democracy

Learn how you can help foster global democracy and civic engagement.

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President Obama smiles as he sits with his legs crossed. A sign behind him reads, “Our mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world” and “Obama Foundation.” Out of focus to the right, two people sit side by side.
  • Your Voice
  • Stories

Join us in celebrating President Obama’s birthday! Write him a personal note.

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President Obama poses for a photo with Guitars Over Guns participants. He is surrounded by 17 others with a range of light to deep skin tones.
  • MBK Alliance
  • The Arts

Learn more about Nathan, his experience at Guitars Over Guns, and his plans for the future.

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President Obama stands in the middle of a recording studio. He is surrounded by 15 other young people with a range of light to deep skin tones. President Obama has his arms crossed and is wearing black slacks and a gray button down shirt.
  • Youth
  • MBK Alliance

See how President Obama is supporting youth and making a difference for young men.

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Barack Obama a man with golden brown skin sitting at a table wearing a formal suit while writing with a diverse group of people behind him with mainly neutral light skin and a little boy with brown skin wearing a formal suit looking at the paper Barack is writing on
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Watch

Understand the impact of this historic legislation for American families and share your story.

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Michelle Obama, her eyes watering with tears and her mouth pursed, sits in a room full of people. Bright spotlights are on the back wall. Everyone looks dressed in formal suit attire.
  • Equality
  • Presidential History

When then-Senator Obama delivered a speech titled “A More Perfect Union” 15 years ago today, it became known simply as the “speech on race.”

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama look out at the Chicago, Ill., skyline, June 15, 2012.
  • Chicago
  • The Center

From its vibrant history to their own personal history, here's a brief overview of the impact Chicago has had on the Obamas.

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Holding a basketball, President Obama faces a group of young men during a My Brother's Keeper meeting.
  • Obama Picks
  • Stories

Compare brackets and find out how President Obama’s predictions panned out.

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Barack Obama sits on a red and tan couch holding the hand of a woman (his mother-in-law Marian Robinson). They are both dressed formally, in suit attire. The two appear to be watching something intently.
  • In-depth
  • Presidential History

Relive the 2008 election through the eyes and words of those who lived it below.

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  • Presidential History

Meet the woman behind the famous chant that inspired the nation.

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A side view of President Obama wearing black shades, a black jacket, and black pants, He at the bow of a boat surrounded by water around.
  • Presidential History
  • Sustainability

Five years ago this week, the Paris Climate Agreement took effect, as nearly 200 nations committed to reduce their carbon emissions for the first time.

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Crowd surrounding The white house lit up by colors representing pride
  • Equality
  • Presidential History

June 26, 2015 marked an unforgettable day in the Obama Presidency. The Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality, President Obama paid tribute to Reverend Pinckney and his eight parishioners in Charleston, and the White House shone with pride for all to see

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President Obama on stage taking a group photo with people who have a light golden skin tone wearing formal clothing
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  • Presidential History

On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced DACA, an executive action to lift the shadow of deportation for young people who came to the United States as undocumented immigrants.

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  • Defending Democracy
  • Leaders
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A young Black boy reaches out to touch President Obama's hair. They are in the oval office and a two other adults and one child stand to the side.
  • Presidential History
  • Youth

Then five-year-old Jacob Philadelphia is graduating high school as part of the class of 2022. Watch his reunion with President Obama.

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President Obama waves goodbye to a crowd as he walks off stage
  • Defending Democracy
  • Watch

Hear President Obama share his vision for the internet in this keynote address at Stanford University.

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President Barack Obama sits amongst young individuals of a variety of skin complexions. President Obama is smiling and so are the young individuals around him.
  • Scholars
  • Event

President Obama joined with University of Chicago Scholars for a thoughtful conversation about their work and the issues that are impacting their work. He later dropped in to Hyde Park Academy on the South Side of Chicago for a Futures Series conversation!

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President Obama sits at a formal desk in the center of the image, glancing down as he signs a document. A young boy in a vest and tie looks on, as do Vice President Biden, Nancy Pelosi.
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  • Presidential History

12 years ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law.

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Holding a basketball, President Obama faces a group of young men during a My Brother's Keeper meeting.
  • Obama Picks
  • Stories

President Obama's 2022 NCAA brackets

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President Obama is on a walkway in a parade talking to and shaking the hands of many different 
people with various skin tones.
  • Presidential History
  • Changemakers

A look back at the 2007 announcement in Springfield and the campaign that inspired so many to serve.

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(1980) Chicago Defender photographer, Antonio Dickey photographing dancer Tarin Springs practicing dance routine.
  • The Arts
  • Presidential History

Sometimes history is shaped not by the famous figures in front of the camera, but by someone behind it.

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President and Mrs. Obama hug a group of program participants at the Obama Foundation Summit.
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  • Michelle Obama

Celebrating our first five years with five ways we’re making a difference

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 President Obama and Michelle Obama stand outside during the day shaking hands with youth. They have a ranging of medium to deep skin tones
  • Building the Center
  • Chicago

Revisit the highlights from our work in 2021, which included breaking ground on the Obama Presidential Center, recognizing important milestones from President and Mrs. Obama’s time in office, empowering and connecting leaders around the world, and more.

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President and Mrs. Obama drop off holiday gifts to patients in the lobby of the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL on December 3, 2021.
  • Chicago
  • Michelle Obama

President and Mrs. Obama were back in Chicago to show some holiday gratitude to the people and programs taking on some of the biggest issues in the community we call home.

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In a gray suit and blue tie and a black mask, Rachid Ennassiri, leans to his left with President Obama nearby, leaning to the right. President Obama wears a black mask and has his arms crossed.
  • Sustainability
  • Global Reach

After delivering remarks during COP26 in Glasgow, President Obama sat down with a group of emerging leaders from around the world who are doing their part to protect the planet. Check out what they discussed.

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