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Election Night Pictures: Sasha Obama is Growing Up and Gorgeous

By Deena Bustillo on
It was a big night for the Obamas last night as Barack was reelected POTUS, and his gorgeous family was right by his side for all of the festivities in Chicago. His daughters, Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, both looked radiant in their election night dresses, while Michelle, FLOTUS, stunned as usual.It's going to be an exciting four more years in the White House for this family, as both girls will be well into their teen years (and Malia even an adult!) by the time the 2016 election occurs. That...Read Full Story

Malia Obama is Growing Up and Gorgeous (Election Night Pictures)

By Deena Bustillo on
Malia Obama was just 10 when her dad was elected POTUS for the first time in 2008, and boy what four years have done! The 14-year-old is absolutely stunning and looked all grown up on stage with her parents as they celebrated Barack Obama's reelection.Malia was wearing a black top and an adorable blue skirt, which matched her dad's tie, and smiled like a pro in the spotlight. It was a happy night for the Obamas and the family looked fantastic as they helped celebrate another four years in the...Read Full Story

Obama Girls See 'Avatar'

By John Newlin on
Eleven-year-old Malia Obama left the Windward Mall after watching the movie Avatar with her father and the rest of the first family on NYE in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The president and his family are spending the holiday in his native Hawaii and have been out and about on the tropical island. Check out the pics of their vacation here. Avatar, a PG-13 rated movie it should be noted, has smashed all box office records to date, earning nearly $650 million in its first couple weeks. If you haven't...Read Full Story

Tweens Choosing Sasha & Malia Over Celebs

By JJ Duncan on
President Barack Obama has made it clear to the press: unless it's an official event, the girls are off limits.But that hasn't stopped pre-teen girls from watching their every move and desperately hoping to make friends with Sasha and Malia Obama. The Washington Post reported Saturday that more and more area tweens are making the first daughters their number one priorities -- even if they do listen to a certain all-boy pop band. "My main, main, main, main, main goal is to meet the girls...Read Full Story

Sasha & Malia Get a New Swing Set

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(Getty Images | Inset from AP)Somewhere between meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and going over his 2010 budget, President Barack Obama found time to supervise the installation of a swing set for his daughters Sasha and Malia. The AP reports that the girls returned home from school Wednesday to find the playset installed on the south grounds of the White House, within view of the Oval Office. Made from cedar and North American Redwood, the set was constructed and...Read Full Story

Family and personal life

Obama met his wife, Michelle Robinson, in June 1989 when he was employed as a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin. Assigned for three months as Obama's adviser at the firm, Robinson joined him at group social functions, but declined his initial offers to date. They began dating later that summer, became engaged in 1991, and were married on October 3, 1992. The couple's first daughter, Malia Ann Obama, was born in 1998, followed by a second daughter, Natasha ("Sasha"), in 2001.

Applying the proceeds of a book deal, the family moved in 2005 from a Hyde Park, Chicago condominium to their current $1.6 million house in neighboring Kenwood. The land adjacent to their house was simultaneously sold to the wife of developer Tony Rezko, a fundraiser for several prominent Illinois politicians from both major political parties, and the transaction later attracted some media scrutiny. Rezko was investigated for unrelated corruption charges, for which he was later convicted. Although Obama was not accused of any wrongdoing, he donated $150,000 in Rezko-linked campaign contributions to charity. In December 2007, Money magazine estimated the Obama family's net worth at $1.3 million. Their 2007 tax return showed a household income of $4.2 million, up from about $1 million in 2006 and $1.6 million in 2005, mostly from sales of his books.

In a 2006 interview, Obama highlighted the diversity of his extended family. "Michelle will tell you that when we get together for Christmas or Thanksgiving, it's like a little mini-United Nations," he said. "I've got relatives who look like Bernie Mac, and I've got relatives who look like Margaret Thatcher." Obama has seven half-siblings from his Kenyan father's family, six of them living, and a half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, the daughter of his mother and her Indonesian second husband. Soetoro-Ng is married to a Chinese Canadian. Obama's mother is survived by her Kansas-born mother, Madelyn Dunham. In Dreams from My Father, Obama ties his mother's family history to possible Native American ancestors and distant relatives of Jefferson Davis, president of the southern Confederacy during the American Civil War.

Obama plays basketball, a sport he participated in as a member of his high school's varsity team. Before announcing his presidential candidacy, he began a well-publicized effort to quit smoking. "I've never been a heavy smoker," Obama told the Chicago Tribune. "I've quit periodically over the last several years. I've got an ironclad demand from my wife that in the stresses of the campaign I do not succumb. I've been chewing Nicorette strenuously." Replying to an Associated Press survey of 2008 presidential candidates' personal tastes, he specified "architect" as his alternate career choice and "chili" as his favorite meal to cook. Asked to name a "hidden talent," Obama answered: "I'm a pretty good poker player." Obama is left-handed, but prefers his right hand for some tasks.

In The Audacity of Hope, Obama writes that he "was not raised in a religious household." He describes his mother, raised by non-religious parents (whom Obama has specified elsewhere as "non-practicing Methodists and Baptists") to be detached from religion, yet "in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I have ever known." He describes his Kenyan father as "raised a Muslim," but a "confirmed atheist" by the time his parents met, and his Indonesian stepfather as "a man who saw religion as not particularly useful." In the book, Obama explains how, through working with black churches as a community organizer while in his twenties, he came to understand "the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change.

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