Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.
He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000.
He appears in the Phineas and Ferb special "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer", where he was voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. He also appears as an Audio-Animatronic in The Hall of Presidents voicing himself.
His comic impersonator Reggie Brown portrayed him in episodes of Disney Channel's Austin & Ally and I Didn't Do It. He was mentioned in the The Muppets episode "Got Silk?" and an episode of Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything.