Last updated on: 1/31/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“[O]bviously, I don’t profess to be an expert. This is a layperson’s opinion. But I don’t think it’s a choice. I think that people are born with a certain makeup, and that we’re all children of God. We don’t make determinations about who we love, and that’s why I think that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is wrong.”

“A Conversation with President Obama,” www.MTV.com, Oct. 14, 2010, in response to a Tweeted question, “Do you think being gay or trans is a choice?”

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
  • Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2008
  • Recipient, Honorary JD, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2006
  • Recipient, Chairman’s Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2005
  • Named one of 100 most influential people in the world, TIME magazine, 2005
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, Knox College, 2005
  • Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Democratic Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1992-1996
  • Former Editor, Harvard Law Review
Education:
  • JD, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Columbia University, 1983
Other:
  • First black president of the United States
  • First black president of the Harvard Law Review
  • Born on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI
  • Twitter handle: @barackobama