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. 

Former US president Barack Obama at an event in Shanghai on Tuesday hosted by business non-profit the Global Alliance of SMEs. Photo: Handout

Obama to meet Xi in Beijing during three-day Asia trip

Former US president Barack Obama will return to the world stage when he meets Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a three-day trip to Asia – his first to the region since leaving office.