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Barack Obama, JD Biography

44th US President
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“As a father and an avid sports fan, I understand the dangers that performance enhancing drugs pose for athletes, as well as the teenagers who seek to emulate them, not to mention the effect that these drugs have on the integrity of sports. As president, I would use the bully pulpit of my office to warn Americans about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs, and I would put greater resources into enforcement of existing drug laws. I would also convene a summit of the commissioners of the professional sports leagues, as well as university presidents, to explore options for decreasing the use of these drugs.”

David Jackson, Kathy Kiely and Jill Lawrence, “Where the Candidates Stand on Sports Issues,” USA Today, May 9, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th US US President, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 2017
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2009
  • Democratic Party Nominee for United States President, 2008
  • Member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Member, Foreign Relations Committee
  • Member, Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Member, Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006
  • Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1996-2004
  • Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1992-1996
  • Community Organizer, Chicago, 1985
  • JD, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 1983
  • Born on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?