44th President of the United States
Barack Obama was born August 4, 1961. His parents were both students at the University of Hawaii . He is biracial. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was a black man from Kenya, and his mother Ann Dunham, a white woman, had grown up in Kansas. Barack's grandfather had been a soldier in the army in World War 2.
His parents separated when he was two years old and his father returned to Kenya. After the divorce his mother remarried, this time to a student from Indonesia, and the family moved to Jakarta where Barack was enrolled in an Indonesian school.
When he was ten years old he went to live with his grandparents (his mother's parents) who had moved to Hawaii. While attending school in Hawaii he was one of only three black students in the school.
He only had contact with his father on one occasion after that, and then for only a month. His father died in a car accident in 1982.
After graduating from high school he attended college in Los Angeles and then graduated from Columbia University in New York.
In Chicago he worked with low-income families and housing development.
Next he attended law school at Harvard and became a civil rights lawyer. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School.
In 1992 he married Michelle Robinson, a young woman who had been his adviser when he started working at the Chicago law firm. Six years later their first daughter Malia Ann was born. Three years after that they had a second daughter, Natasha whom they call "Sasha".
Young children have not lived in the White House in over 25 years. Amy Carter was nine years old when her father, Jimmy Carter became President.
Barack's mother Ann died of cancer in 1994 at the age of fifty-two.
In 1996 he was elected to the Illinois State Senate, and eight years later he was elected to the United States Senate.
In 2004, the year John Kerry was nominated to run for President on the Democratic ticket, Obama gave the keynote speech at the Democratic convention. He gave a very impressive speech, and people at that time took note of his leadership ability.
In 2007 he announced he would run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Hillary Clinton also wanted to be the Democratic nominee. After months of campaigning Obama won the nomination. Then he and John McCain, the Republican candidate, campaigned tirelessly for months. On election day November 4, 2008 an early victory was achieved and Barack Obama became the first African American to ever be elected to the highest office in the land, the presidency. It was a truly historical event in the country.
Unfortunately his beloved grandmother,Madelyn Dunham did not live to see her grandson elected. She died on November 3rd, the day before the election.
After the election people began naming their newborns after Barack and Michelle. The story of Barack Obama has only begun to be written. The nation and the world watch as he starts to accomplish the goals he has set for the betterment of Americans.
This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2008.
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(Pronunciation note: the schwa sound is shown by ə)
Pronunciation:bI RA shəl
having biological parents of two different ethnic identities
Pronunciation:jə KAHR tə
city, capital of Indonesia in Northwest Java
Function: plural noun
the nonpolitical rights of a citizen; especially : the rights of personal liberty
guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments
to the Constitution and by acts of Congress
Pronunciation: NAHM ə nAt
to choose as a candidate for election, appointment, or honor;
especially : to propose for office as nominated a senator for president
Pronunciation: nahm ə NE
a person nominated for an office, duty, or position
Pronunciation: KE nOte
the fundamental or central fact, idea, or mood
Pronunciation: dem ə KRAT ik
of or relating to a major U.S. political party associated with policies of helping the common people
and encouraging cooperation between nations
Barack Obama: An American Story
By Bob Carlton & Ariele Gentiles / Youth Specialties
In "Barack Obama: An American Story" you'll get to know the senator and presidential nominee, and see what ideas and circumstances have shaped his life and leadership. From his childhood in Hawaii to his political career in Illinois, you'll meet a man who has worked to bring justice and reconciliation to diverse perspectives in this country.
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
By Nikki Grimes / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Raised in Jakarta and Hawaii, Barack Obama has become a force for social change, first as an Illinois Senator and now as candidate for President of the United States.
This first-ever picture book about Obama follows his life from Hawaii to Chicago to Indonesia to Kenya. The elements of Barack Obama's life are explored in picturesque imagery, in the loose form of a conversation between a mother and her son living in a tenement house. With watercolor & collage illustrations and poetic text, this unique story of Barack Obama will introduce children to the basic framework of his life. 40 pages.
The Faith of Barack Obama
By Stephen Mansfield / Thomas Nelson
Discover the unapologetically Christian and liberal Barack Obama--and how he represents the changing face of religion in American politics. In "The Faith of Barack Obama" Stephen Mansfield presents an insightful portrait of the presidential candidate. Learn how his faith motivates him as a senator and leader in our nation.
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Most Recent Comments ( See more comments on this page ) 2013-04-05
Can we really believe this biography? This is a man who has different histories depending on the publication you read. He has changed his past to suit his present company.
Obama your great!I was 6 when you were elected and now im 8!Keep Up the good work!
Hmm..yeah. btw Obama is doing a great job with this health care issue.
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