Barack Obama's file

Obama

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.

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  • Mostly True159 (%)(159)
  • Half True154 (%)(154)
  • Mostly False67 (%)(67)
  • False70 (%)(70)
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Recent statements involving Barack Obama

Recent stories featuring Barack Obama

Who killed more terrorists, Obama or Bush? It depends

In an interview last week, President Barack Obama said, "There isn’t a president who’s taken more terrorists off the field than me." 

 

• Fact-checking the New York Democratic debate

Obama's reply to Castro's criticism open to interpretation

A look at Rep. Rob Wittman's claim that Obama thanked Cuban president for criticizing the U.S.

Fact checking a Donald Trump appearance in Milwaukee

The GOP front runner made several claims that have, in one way or another, been evaluated by PolitiFact. 

Plus: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by ClintonSandersKasich and Cruz; Trump's comments on punishing women who have an abortion; and Trump: Low on the Truth-O-Meter, high in the polls

Donald Trump: Why so low on the meter, so high in the polls?

Teasing out how the Republican presidential front runner scores so poorly on our Truth-O-Meter but does so well with GOP voters.

 

Plus: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by TrumpClintonSandersKasich and Cruz; and Trump's comments on punishing women who have an abortion. 

Fact checking a Ted Cruz campaign appearance in Milwaukee

The Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate made several claims during a town hall meeting that have been previously evaluated by PolitiFact. 

 

Plus: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by ClintonSanders and Kasich; and Trump's comments on punishing women who have an abortion.