Born on August 4th, 1961
American statesman, 44th president of the United States of America
Born in Hawaii, Barack Hussein Obama's earlier career was quite varied, including time as a social worker, a lawyer, a law professor, and an Illinois senator, until he finally became the first Afro-American president in the history of the United States. He was elected for the first time in 2008, and re-elected in 2012.
The context of the presidency of this Harvard and Columbia graduate included the war in Iraq—from where he has been progressively withdrawing US troops—the war in Afghanistan, the Middle East crisis, and the world economic and financial crisis.
Himself a writer of books and the author of his major speeches, Obama owes a great deal of his political rise to his oratorical skills and his charismatic personality.
As a member of the Democratic Party, he supports abortion rights and of same-sex marriage, and has pushed through a law guaranteeing health coverage for 32 million unprotected Americans.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
This model, whose creation was based solely on video photos, was a difficult and uncertain task for the Grévin Museum's artists. The sculptor had to work out the exact volumes and measurements of the face and body, while the makeup artist needed to pin down the correct tint for the hair, the skin, the makeup… using photos whose colours varied from one to the next, hence the very complicated nature of this reproduction.
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