President Barack Obama is joined onstage at the Democratic National Convention by his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, and his daughters Malia, far right, and Sasha. (ERIC THAYER/REUTERS)

Get to know Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States.

Party: Democratic

What he did before: He was a United States senator from Illinois. He also served in the Illinois state senate and was a lawyer and law professor.

Birthday: August 4, 1961 (He’s 51 years old.)

Family: Married to Michelle Obama. They have two daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.

Fun fact: President Obama is a tough dad. His daughters flew to North Carolina to hear their dad’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. He began his speech by saying, “Malia and Sasha, you make me so proud. But don’t get any ideas — you’re still going to class tomorrow.”

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