Before Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States, he was a community organizer, civil rights lawyer, and senator. Readers trace his groundbreaking path to the White House and his unique position as the first African American president as they explore main text enhanced with annotated quotes from Obama and those closest to him. Full-color photographs, sidebars, and a comprehensive timeline chronicle the legacy of this American newsmaker. Much is known about who Obama was before and during his presidency, but what has his life been like since leaving the White House? Curious readers learn the answer.