is best known for serving as a Junior
US Senator for Illinois and for becoming
the first black American president of
the United States of America for the US
Democratic party, beating the republican
John McCain for the 2008 Presidential
Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii
to a Kenyan father and American mother
and lived in Honolulu until the age of
six. His father eventually returned to
Kenya and his mother remarried another
man and moved Obama with her to Jakarta
to live with his new Indonesian stepfather.
Obama lived in Jakarta until the age of
ten then moved back to the United States
to finish his grade school in Hawaii while
living with his grandparents.
graduating high school, Barack Obama moved
to Los Angeles and studied for two years
at Occidental College. He eventually moved
to New York and studied at Columbia University
for his undergraduate degree in political
science. After graduating in 1983, Obama
worked for two years at Business International
Corporation and New York Public Interest
Research Group. In 1985, Obama moved out
to Chicago to work as a community organizer
to help improve living conditions in areas
around the city. His service position
gave him ideas for change and improvement
and prompted him to study law at Harvard
Law School starting in 1988, the same
year he met his future wife, Michelle
Obama graduated with a law degree in 1991
and returned to Chicago shortly thereafter
to work as a civil rights lawyer and lecturer
at the University of Chicago. One year
later, Obama and Robinson married.
ran for public office a few years later
and won a seat in the Illinois Senate
in 1997 where he stayed until 2004. Although
he ran for a seat in the U.S. House of
Representatives in 2000, he lost and three
years later decided to try for the U.S.
70% of the vote, Barack Obama won a seat
in the 109th Congress in 2004 and was
sworn in to office on January 4, 2005.
He immediately began fighting for weapon
control and improving international relations
and gained bipartisan support for his
efforts in reforming ethics and health
care laws. Although he advocated children's
rights and education, Obama did receive
criticism for his impartial votes on abortion
Obama continued his support of veteran
and children's rights while working in
the Senate and began working towards laws
that would benefit veterans, control immigration,
manage healthcare and improve education
across the country. He worked under the
Bush administration to improve international
affairs while fighting for active control
over border immigration. As the power
of Congress shifted to the Democratic
Party, Obama began working with fellow
congressmen to eliminate gifts and contributions
by lobbyists in Washington. He has also
advocated for energy changes in response
to global climate crises, but has received
some criticism for his support of a bill
promoting liquefied coal.
announced his bid for the 2008 presidency
in February of 2007. He went on to become
the nominee for the Democratic Party's
bid to become the American president.
In June 2008 Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded
defeat for the Democratic nomination and
gave her support to Barack Obama. Senator
Obama and John McCain of the Republican
party competed to become the President
of the United States in 2008. Obama won
the hard fought election after much negative
campaigning by the Republican John McCain,
to become the first African American president
of the United States of America.
Barack Obama chose the Delaware senator
Biden for the position of vice
president of the United States of America.
The president was reelected in 2012 with
Joe Biden as vice president. The Republican
Party's Mitt Romney and his running mate
Paul Ryan were defeated with Romney receiving
47.9 percent of the nationwide popular
vote and Obama received 50.6 percent.
Obama gained 332 electoral votes and Romney
gained 206, with 270 electoral votes needed
Barack and his wife, Michelle
Obama, have two daughters,
Malia and Sasha.
The New Yorker
Magazine Cover Controversy
In July 2008 the New Yorker magazine published
a satirical cartoon on the cover of their
magazine depicting Barack and Michelle
Obama as radical terrorists in the oval
office. Read more about the controversial
Yorker cover of Barack Obama.
Becomes First Black President
On the 4th of Novemeber 2008 Barack Obama
won the presidential election, defeating
McCain to become
the first African American president of
the United States of America.
Barack Obama wins Presidential Election.
Read his Presidential
is Time Magazine's Person of the Year
In December 2008 the influential Time
Magazine chose Barack Obama as the Person
of the Year for 2008.
Obama Wins the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009
The American president is awarded the
Nobel Peace prize just 9 months into his
Peace Prize Winner 2009.
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