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Barack Obama

Politics | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod

Barack Obama Life History

Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961 and is the 44th and current President of the United States of America. He is the first ever African-American to hold the office.

Barack previously served as a Senator from Illinois, Chicago from January 2005 until he resigned in 2008, following his presidential election. His presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party’s nomination. In the 2008 presidential election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Nine months later, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Barack Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

Obama was born at the Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the first President to have been born in Hawaii. His mother Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and was of mostly English ancestry, along with Scottish, Irish, German and Swiss. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya.

Following high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to attend college where he studied liberal arts. Then later in 1981, he transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialty in international relations and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983. In late 1988, Obama entered Harvard Law School and graduated with a J.D. magna cum laude in 1991.

Following the next twelve years, Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004 – teaching constitutional law.

In May 2002, Obama commissioned a poll to assess his prospects in a 2004 U.S. Senate race. He created a campaign committee, began raising funds and also lined up a political media consultant, and in January 2003, formally announced his candidacy. In the November 2004 general election, Obama won with 70 percent of the vote and was sworn in as a senator on January 3, 2005.

On February 10, 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States in front of the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. Obama emphasized the issues of rapidly ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and providing universal health care, in a campaign that projected themes of “hope” and “change” which not only captured America’s attention, but had the world keenly following the US presidential election.

After two years of rigorous campaigning, Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. The inauguration, which set a record attendance for any event held in Washington, D.C., marked the commencement of the four-year term of Barack Obama as President and Joe Biden as Vice President. Based on the combined attendance numbers, television viewership, and Internet traffic, it was among the most-observed events ever by the global audience.

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