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Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

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Obama with mother, sister, and step–father, Indonesia, 1971

Courtesy of AP Images.

When Obama was six, his mother Ann married another University of Hawaii student, an Indonesian man by the name of Lolo Soetoro. At around the same time Suharto came to power in Indonesia and Indonesian students studying abroad were called home. Barack Obama lived in Jakarta for the next four years. Obama's half-sister Maya Soetoro was born in Jakarta in 1970 shortly before this picture was taken. It was during this period that Obama's mother woke him at 4 am each morning so that he could study English before school. In 1971, when Obama was ten, he left Indonesia and returned to Hawaii where he lived with his grandparents. The following year his mother separated from Soetoro and she and Maya also returned to Hawaii.

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