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Barack Obama, JD Biography

44th US President
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"

“But a sense of proportion should also guide those who police the boundaries between church and state. Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation – context matters. It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase ‘under God.’ I didn’t.”

“Call to Renewal” Keynote Address June 28, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th US President, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
  • U.S. Senator (D-Illinois), 2005-2008
  • Honorary J.D., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2006
  • Best Spoken Word Album, Grammy Award, 2006
  • Chairman’s Award, National NAACP, 2005
  • 100 most influential people in the world, Time Magazine, 2005
  • 10 people who will change the world, New Statesman, 2005
  • Honorary Doctorate, Knox College, 2005
  • Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
  • Democratic Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004
  • Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Former Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
  • Monarch Award for Outstanding Public Service, 1994
  • 40 Under 40 Award, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1993
  • JD, Magna Cum Laude, Harvard Law School, 1991
  • BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 1983
  • First black president of the United States
  • First black president of the Harvard Law Review
  • Born on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Does Public School Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance Constitute Undue Coercion?
  3. Is the United States a Christian Nation?