Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, walk offstage as President-elect Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night party at Grant Park in Chicago. Obama was a community organizer in Chicago in the 1980s. He returned to the Windy City after earning his law degree, taught at the University of Chicago and eventually entered politics. Now, the Obamas live in the Kenwood area of Chicago, an affluent, educated neighborhood on the South Side.
Obama and his daughters walk the beach during their vacation in Kailua, Hawaii, on Aug. 12, 2008. Obama was born in Honolulu and lived with his mother and grandparents in a two-bedroom apartment. He moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1967 after his mother married an Indonesian man. Obama returned to Hawaii when he was 10 and lived with his grandparents until he was 18.
During his August vacation, Obama threw a lei at the point where he scattered his mother's ashes in Honolulu.
Obama (red shirt) is seen with family and friends at the Pali Lookout in Honolulu.
The steep trail to the Makapuu lighthouse is one of Barack Obama's favorite hikes in his hometown of Honolulu. Here, a hiker and her dog make their way along the picturesque trail.
In 1971, when he was 10 years old, Barry Obama enrolled at the private Punahou School in Honolulu and entered an unfamiliar world of privilege. Despite feeling out of place, he eventually prospered at the school. Today, tuition tops $16,000 per year at the exclusive institution.
Indonesian school girls run on the playground at the SDN Menteng 1 school in Jakarta, Indonesia. President-elect Barack Obama attended the school when he was a child.
Local boys in Kogelo village, Kenya, admire a painting featuring President-elect Barack Obama, center, alongside, from left, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, current U.S. President George W. Bush and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, during a gathering of people on Nov. 4, 2008. Obama's late father was from Kogelo, a village in western Kenya, and his half-brother, step-grandmother and other relatives still live there.
Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991. This is a view of Langdell Hall at the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass. While there, Obama served as president for the Harvard Law Review.
Barber Tony Coye talks about President-elect Barack Obama as he cuts Kenneth Clay's hair at the Hyde Park Hair Salon in Obama's Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago.
This is a curbside view of the Chicago home of President-elect Barack Obama. Places that U.S. presidents have called home often become major tourist attractions, from estates at Mount Vernon and Monticello, to Hodgenville, Ky., where Abe Lincoln's log cabin once stood.
Occidental College students celebrate in Samuelson Campus Pavilion on the Eagle Rock campus in Los Angeles, Calif., as alumnus Barack Obama is officially announced the 44th president of the United States on Nov. 4, 2008.