Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first black US president. He defeated Republican rival John McCain in the general election of 2008, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate in October 2009. He was re-elected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney. 


Watch it live: US President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 9:08am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 12:19pm

Watch US President Barack Obama deliver the 2014 State of the Union address in Washington DC, his fifth annual speech to both houses of Congress outlining his administration's policy priorities for the upcoming year.

Background briefing: Obama hopes to use speech to rebound from last year's debacles, frame priorities in battling income inequality.

Read the full text of Obama's speech here.