Barack Obama's file


Democrat from Illinois

Barack Obama is the president of the United States. Obama was formerly a U.S. senator from Illinois. He was born in 1961 in Hawaii, where his parents met as students at the University of Hawaii. Obama's father is from Kenya and his mother is from Kansas. He graduated from Columbia University and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Obama previously served in the Illinois state Senate and was an instructor at the University of Chicago Law School. He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

The PolitiFact scorecard

  • True123 (%)(123)
  • Mostly True163 (%)(163)
  • Half True159 (%)(159)
  • Mostly False70 (%)(70)
  • False71 (%)(71)
  • Pants on Fire9 (%)(9)

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Debate preview: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Wisconsin

If you hear any of these Wisconsin-related statements tonight, you'll know whether they're True, Pants on Fire or somewhere in between.

High 5: The Hillz and The Donald were the clickiest

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Fact-checking the third night of the Democratic National Convention

Fact-checking POTUS, VPOTUS and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine at DNC night three. 

Dan Patrick's case for ABC News to release full Obama 'town hall' video

Texan Dan Patrick continues to call for ABC News to release full video of this month's White House town hall where Patrick and President Obama went back and forth.


We've newly annotated what fit into the 60-minute broadcast--and what got cut.

PolitiFact annotates Barack Obama's statement on shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile

As part of PolitiFact's partnership with Medium, we annotated President Barack Obama's remarks from Poland on the police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.