53 Years: The Journey In Images


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 Meanwhile, in Chicago …. a girl is born.


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A young Barack Obama on a tricycle in Hawaii in the 1960s.


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Obama, 9, with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, his mother, Ann, and his sister, Maya, in Indonesia in 1970.


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Barack Obama with his father at the Honolulu airport at Christmas in 1971.


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Barack Obama in fifth grade at the Punahou Sch0ol


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With his mother, sister Maya and grandfather Stanley Dunham in Hawaii


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In Honolulu airport with his mother, sister and grandfather, Stanley


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Barack Obama in a 1975 photo from the Punahou School yearbook. He and his eighth-grade homeroom classmates pose with a slide projector as part of the yearbook’s theme of “Nostalgia.”


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A Punahou School yearbook class photo from 1976 that includes the 9th grader who would grow up to become President Obama


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Barack Obama’s 1977 Punahou High School Sophomore Yearbook


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Barack Obama with his mother at the Punahou School commencement in 1979.


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Barack Obama at Occidental College

With fellow students from Occidental: Mark Anderson and Romeo Garcia at a festival in Pasadena’s Central Park in the spring of 1980


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Barack Obama in Occidental College library in 1981

Barack Obama in New York City.

Barack Obama in New York City while attending Columbia University


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Barack Obama at Harvard Law


Barack Obama in his first year at Harvard Law School


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Barack Obama, 28, photographed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Vanity Fair’s June 1990 issue, after being elected president of the Harvard Law Review.


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Barack Obama's Harvard Law School graduation year picture, 1991. Harvard Law School graduation picture


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In 1992, Barack Obama went from Harvard Law School back to Chicago, where he ran a voter registration drive.


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Barack and Michelle spending Christmas in Hwaii

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama spending Christmas in Hawaii


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Barack Obama the Civil Rights Lawyer. Fantastic audio of him winning a case:


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Barack Obama showing his support for U.S. Senate candidate Harvey Gantt


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Professor Barack Obama teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago


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 State Senator Barack Obama in his Illinois office


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State Senator Barack Obama during an interview


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Obama speaks before the Illinois State Senate. (c. 2000)

State Senator Barack Obama speaking before the Illinois Senate


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Chicago on primary day, March 21, 2000 with Malia

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, and Sasha Obama at Sasha’s christening.

Barack and Michelle Obama at dinner with daughter Malia in 2000


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In this May 31, 2002 file photograph, state senator Barack Obama from Chicago is pictured during session in the senate chambers in Springfield, Illinois

State Senator Barack Obama speaks out against the Iraq war


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Chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee


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Speaking at the Democratic convention


Barack Obama wins his race for the U.S. Senate


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U.S. Senator Barack Obama re-enacts being sworn-in by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 4, 2005


Senator Barack Obama in his Capitol Hill office

Senators Biden and Obama discuss the nomination of Bolton at a hearing in Washington

Joseph Biden, Barack Obama

Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden during a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing


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Barack Obama purchasing a necklace for Michelle Obama in Kenya


Senator Barack Obama in Kisumu, Kenya

While visiting Kenya on Aug. 6, 2006, while an Illinois senator, Barack Obama and Michelle made a public display of taking HIV tests in order to encourage more men to do the same.

August, 2006, in Nairobi, Kenya: Then Sen. Barack Obama, wife Michelle, daughters Sasha, Malia and other children help plant tree with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai


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February 2007, Barack Obama announces his candidacy at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

 Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama gives his wife Michelle a playful kiss as they tour the Iowa State Fair August 16, 2007 in Des Moines


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President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law


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The Commander-In-Chief keeping his promise to deliver justice to OBL


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176 Responses to “53 Years: The Journey In Images”

  1. 8 desertflower
    August 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    This is AWESOME! Thanks, Nerdy!!

  2. 11 kasai
    August 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    NW…I think you just outdone yourself…
    Just Beautiful!!
    Thank you kindly for this wonderful tribute!

  3. 14 kasai
    August 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Congrats GB:-)

  4. 15 kasai
    August 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Love it! 53yrs of pure Awesomeness:-)

  5. 16 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Nerdy I bow to you. Can’t thank you enough. This is a marvelous summary of our President’s 53 years and an excellent recognition of his political career and contributions not only to the US, but to the world. No wonder he’s so loved by many…the outpouring of positive birthday messages today (is it just me, or was this year’s birthday wishes particularly memorable?) is so heartening…restores my faith in humanity.

    • 17 Nerdy Wonka
      August 5, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Thanks, HF. It’s been wonderful to see all the heartwarming tweets pouring in from all over the world to President Barack Obama.

  6. August 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    So, I,’m going to let you in on a secret.

    I started a draft for this post a few days ago, and after failing to find photos for, oh, about 38 of the years, I gave up.

    And then Nerdy took over and, well, you see the results.

    A lovely, beautiful, wonderful, gorgeous pictorial journey.

    Nerdy, you’re a whole bunch of awesome, thank you is NOT enough!!!!!

  7. August 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Beautiful post, Nerdy. Just beautiful.

  8. 44 Judith Fardig
    August 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    NW – What a treat! Hadn’t seen a few of these. What a graceful, beautiful man! Oh and Gobrooklyn – congratulations!

  9. August 4, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    OH MY GOSH, NW. This is a truly FABULOUS compilation. I love see all these photos in one place. Just so beautiful. THANK YOU very much.

  10. 48 Dudette
    August 4, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Wow! Outstanding collection, Nerdy W! That “Legend” moniker fits you well indeed!

  11. 50 MadameSoph
    August 4, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Oh Chips and Nerdy! Thank you so much for this epic collection!

    Check out that (3 inch?) natural on the 1976 yearbook picture 🙂 !

    What a treat! O.k., back to catching up on today’s posts…

  12. 52 desertflower
    August 4, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    OMG…went back and looked at all of these…what a wonderful path he took…I do have a request though. NW..can you please fix the typo from 1972 school pic? Need to fix “schol” Thanks:)

  13. 54 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President: 26 Times Barack Obama Has Killed The Game


    I love this! Another awesome collection of our President just dropping the damn mic…

  14. 55 Vicki
    August 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    POTUS was adorable every step of the way. No “awkward phase” that I can see.
    Thank You Nerdy and Chips for this nifty birthday banquet.

  15. 57 Dudette
    August 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    A Senator arrives at his Kentucky for August recess.

    No doubt startled by the sudden screech of the porch door, a voice from the back room yells: “Mitch? Is that you?”


    • 58 MadameSoph
      August 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      That tortoise actually looks nice. Mitch can only wish he were that appealing. (brought my reply over from the last thread 🙂 )

  16. August 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    NW, this is just all kinds of awesome, just like the birthday boy himself! Thank you for that! Meanwhile, this tiny bit here actually gave me goosebumps! 🙂 “Meanwhile, in Chicago …. a girl is born.”

  17. 62 Ladyhawke
    August 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    {{{{{{{{Nerdy}}}}}}}, you are the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you so much for this fabulous compilation.

  18. August 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    14 wildfires burning in California at the moment. We need personnel and water……

  19. 66 desertflower
    August 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    This makes me feel like it’s MY birthday! What a gift 🙂

  20. 68 yardarm756
    August 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    From the last thread.

  21. 69 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I am cry.

    • 70 kasai
      August 4, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      LOL! Folks asking for Malia pic….
      @cleaaaaver Could we get your permission to use this image with credit on our website?

      • 71 hopefruit2
        August 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

        The whole internet blew up with this story…based on one tweet…LOL!

        When she turns 18 the paparazzi won’t leave her alone.

  22. 73 Nena20409
    August 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    53 years of President Obama’s Life at TOD by one Superb bt; the Hon. Nerdy Wonka. Wow. You are simply the Best. I am going to bookmark this thread. Obrigada, lady Nerdy Wonka.

    ❤ this threat more than I can say.

  23. 76 Vicki
    August 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I wish I had a TV station or a newspaper I could count on.
    Fox watchers are lucky. They can turn on their channel and hear the news that makes them happy.

    Not, news,exactly. usually negative propaganda.
    Not truth.
    But still, they pretty much can depend on their Media to deliver the message they are tuning in to hear.

    It must be nice.

  24. August 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Beyond spectacular, NW!!!! What a magnificent gift you’ve created for President Obama. Thank you!!

  25. 80 Nena20409
    August 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    🍸 🍸 🍸


  26. 81 sjterrid
    August 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks, Nerdy & Chips for this great collection of Photos. What a great way to spend the President’s birthday, right here at TOD!

  27. August 4, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Awesome …Simply Awesome….the amount of time and research that it took to compile this info…as Ms Chips says…saying thank you is not quite enough….BRAVOOOOO!!!…….to the Legendary Nerdy Wonka……BRAVO!!!

  28. August 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    This is an effort worthy of a President’s birthday. Congrats Nerdy and Chips. Lots of previously unseen photos.

  29. August 4, 2014 at 8:31 pm


  30. 88 vcprezofan2
    August 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm


    and a ‘Yo, you!’ up there to GoB! This has been a good birthday day, I think.

  31. August 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    NW, what an EPIC post ! Thank you so much. There are a few photos I had never seen. Plus the audio of Barack Obama the lawyer. Wow, what a find !. Thank you !

  32. August 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    KUDOS! BRAVO! WOWOWOW! also I never heard the oral argument from 1994.

  33. August 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Hi All

    We are just about to start an OFA B-day / ACA celebration. I have been printing pictures from this page for our photo booth. More info coming soon.


  34. 99 whatisworking
    August 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    We are about to have a B-Day / ACA celebration. I have been printing pictures from this page all day for our photo booth. Will send pictures tomorrow.


  35. 103 amk for obama
    August 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    cool. where didja find all these photos, ut?

  36. 104 JER
    August 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  37. August 4, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    This is pretty amazing. Awesome job, Nerdy.

    Of course, my fave pic is the one of him at Occidental College, 1979, with the hat. Completely fly.

  38. August 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Ok, opening up a good CALIFORNIA syrah in honor of PBO’s birthday.

  39. 129 kasai
    August 4, 2014 at 9:04 pm

  40. 130 kasai
    August 4, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    LOL! Ellen is funny…tehehehe

  41. August 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Wow, total Wow! Fantastic photos! It’s moving to see the growth of President Obama from the small child, to the fun loving young boy, to the sensitive and charismatic young man, to the mature, wise and strong man that he is today, a leader for the world.

  42. 136 Dudette
    August 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Ha! WhiteHouse.gov did their own birthday photo gallery –

  43. August 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Just listened to the oral argument – thoroughly fascinating. His intellect in full evidence!

  44. August 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  45. 140 Dudette
    August 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  46. 141 arapaho415
    August 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm


    Hope the President sneaks a peak at TODville as his day is winding down — maybe after reading his letters from Americans? — and this brings a smile to his face.

    Lovely, lovely photos. Had to stop and examine the younger years photos.

    Thank you so much for everything you, Chips and all BTs do to make TODville such a wonderful place.

    Cheers to everyone on PBO’s BD. Clink!

  47. 144 mtmarilyn
    August 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    NW you have outdone yourself. What a wonderful birthday gift to all of us. Thank you for the journey thru the years!!!!!

  48. 146 dotster3
    August 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Where to live—–or not…..

  49. 147 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  50. August 4, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Wow!!! Just Wow!!! Nerdy, I bow to you, Oh ye goddess of the internets. Wow. Fantastic post. I’ve bookmarked it. TOD should send this Marty Nesbitt, Chair of the Barack Obama Foundation, for inclusion in the Presidential Library, showing how PBO’s supporters honor him


  51. 151 itgurl_29
    August 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Amazing post, Nerdy. Thank you!

  52. 153 jackiegrumbacher
    August 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Nerdy, you win the gold and all the top honors for a phenomenal post that captures everything good and wonderful about our president. What a gem this is–worth saving for the ages. Thank you a thousand times over.

  53. 155 vcprezofan2
    August 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Ms Nerdy W, I have only now gone through your work of love. I’ll say this – “WORDS FAIL ME!”

    {{{{Ms Nerdy Wonka}}}}

  54. 157 Nena20409
    August 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Truly unbeatable.

    This is a a 53 yrs Life in a photo Book.

    I have e-mailed this page a dozen times already.

    Incredibly done. Thanks NW.

  55. August 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Chips and Nerdy….What a fantastic BIRTHDAY gift to our PRESIDENT and all his supporters.

    You are both ….Simply the Best.

  56. 161 globalcitizenlinda
    August 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    NW and Chips, simply beautiful!!!

    thanks a lot for this special gift!

  57. 163 jacquelineoboomer
    August 4, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    NW – I am … blown … away. Thank you for bringing us these joyful images.

  58. 165 taiping1
    August 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    What a wonderful collection. Added to my reading list. NerdyWonka you are amazing, incredible, indefatigable, awesome, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

  59. August 4, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This is beyond wonderful. So moving, so sweet, so detailed, so inspiring, so fun, so worthy. Thank you thank you thank you.

  60. 169 pickle48
    August 5, 2014 at 2:35 am

    This is linked for posterity. Thank you, NW.

  61. August 5, 2014 at 5:48 am

    As always, I am coming here late, but I just wanted to add my voice in thanking you, Nerdy Wonka, for this magnificent post that captures the 53 years of our truly special President. No wonder Chips calls you a legend! This was truly a labor of love, as is the case with all your posts and those valuable tweets you share with people like me who turned-off MSM news. Once again, thank you for this marvelous chronicle of the President’s 53-year journey. And thank you for all you do to help make TOD the place to come to. Like our President, you are a very special person.

    • 172 Nerdy Wonka
      August 5, 2014 at 8:12 am

      I thank you so very much, Nath and I thank you too for all your factual history lessons that gives us insight into the past and the future.

  62. 173 sherijr
    August 5, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Late to the party, but wanted to thank you Nerdy.. this is so beautiful, many pics I’d not seen before, nor have I heard the oral argument- going to listen now. (((((((NW))))))

  63. August 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Extremely late to this party, but so appreciative of this post, another Keeper – TY Nerdy!

  64. August 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    This is an absolutely FABULOUS DIARY!!!


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