For Census Purposes, Obama's African-American In response to question about race, president checks one box By M. Morris, Newser Staff Posted Apr 2, 2010 4:58 PM CDT Updated Apr 2, 2010 5:20 PM CDT 44 comments Comments A 2010 Census form at a Census Day event at the Caldwell Housing Authority in Caldwell, Idaho, April 1, 2010. President Obama identified himself on his family's form as African-American. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield) (Newser) – When he filled out his census form yesterday, President Obama identified himself as African-American. The son of a black Kenyan and a white Kansan, Obama had the option to check more than one box. He didn't hesitate before choosing "Black, African Am., or Negro," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tells USA Today. The first family's form also reflected the fact that Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, lives with the Obamas in the White House, notes the AP.