There’s been a lot of Presidents that have graced The White House. Many of the Presidents have done a good, and bad job while in office. Overall as a country we have the honor to decide who the President will be. In 208, Barack Obama was voted to be the 44th President of the United States of America. Also Obama is the first African American to serve as U.S. President. Barack won a second term in 2012.
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama had been a community organizer, civil-rights lawyer, and teacher. Obama than went on to pursue his political career. Barack was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, and later elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. Obama was elected to his U.S. presidency in 2008. Later Barack won his re-election in 2012 against, Republican foe Mitt Ramney.
Obama’s mother’s name is Ann Dunham. Ann was born on an Army base in Wichita, Kansas, during World War II. Ann’s father Stanley enlisted himself in the military. Ann’s mother, Madelyn worked on a bomber assembly line.
Barack’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was born of Luo ethnicity in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Obama’s father was taught to herd goats in Africa. Obama Sr. received a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya. Obama Sr. left Kenya to pursue his dreams and attend the University of Hawaii. Obama Sr. met Ann Dunham at Hawaii. They were married on February 2, 1961. Obama was born six months later.
As a teenager, Obama lived with his grandparents. Obama attended Punahou Academy. Obama was an excellent basketball player, and graduated with academic honors in 1979. Obama became very conscious of racism, and also of what it meant to be African-American.
Obama had a hard time dealing with the absences of his father. Obama’s parents divorced when Barack was a teen. After high school, Obama attended Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. Obama later transferred to Columbia University in New York City, graduating in 1983. Barack received his degree in political science. Obama later moved to Chicago in 1985.
Obama decided to enter Harvard Law School in 1988. The following year, Obama joined the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin as a summer associate. Michelle Robinson a young lawyer was assigned to be Obama’s adviser. The two soon began dating. In February 1990, Barack had been elected the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He later graduated as a magna cum laude in 1991. After graduating from Harvard, Obama returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer.
Barack ran for a seat in the Illinois State Senate. Obama ran as a Democrat, and won the election in 1996. For the years that Obama ran as State Senator, he also worked with both Democrats and Republicans. Barack created a state earned-income tax credit for the working poor.