A veritable household name during the 2008 presidential election (in which he won the Democratic nomination, roundly defeating [[Performer~P13701~Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton~hillaryrodhamclinton]] of New York), Barack Obama campaigned for the United States Presidency while serving as a Democratic senator in Illinois. The product of a unique and complex ethno-cultural heritage -- he began life in Honolulu as the son of a white Kansan mother and a Kenyan father -- Obama spent various periods of his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii. As a young man, he attended Columbia University as a political science major, then held a job as a Manhattan financial counselor before growing listless, moving to Chicago, and taking on a job as a community organizer -- a post that witnessed him working strenuously with churches to aid the impoverished in local housing projects. Obama later attended Harvard Law School, where he excelled, and became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. A successful bid for the Senate followed, culminating with a November 2004 victory. As a presidential candidate, Obama exuded a populist appeal that won him legions of supporters and enabled him to cinch the nomination.
Cinematically, Obama limited his exposure to participation in documentaries, including the biographical profiles [[Feature~V420241~Senator Obama Goes to Africa~senatorobamagoestoafrica]] (2007) and [[Feature~V418607~Biography: Barack Obama~biography:barackobama]] (2007), and the Darfur genocide-themed muckraking documentary [[Feature~V382544~The Devil Came on Horseback~thedevilcameonhorseback]] (2007). He was the subject of the election year documentary 2016: Obama's America. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi