Mar 23 2015
As the first Black President of America, Barack Obama is already a well-known name in the world politics. He was not only elected as the President in 2008, but also re-elected in 2012.
Barack was born in Born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii where his mother and father had met and wedded six months back. Barack Obama Sr., Obama’s dad, grew up herding goats in Africa, eventually earning a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams of college in Hawaii where he met Ann Dunham, Barack’s mother, who had grown up in Kansas. The couple, however, broke up when Barack was just two. His father returned to Kenya while he stayed with his mother who married an Indonesian man in 1965.
The family moved to Indonesia from where Obama, at the age of 10, was sent to Hawaii to live with his grandparents.
Obama enrolled in the esteemed Punahou Academy, excelling in basketball and graduating with academic honors in 1979. After high school, Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York, graduating in 1983 with a degree in political science. All through his college and school life, Obama witnessed what it felt to be an African American in the USA.
Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988. He met Michelle Robinson there and the couple started dating soon after. In February 1990, Obama was elected the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 1991.
Obama’s advocacy work led him to run for a seat in the Illinois State Senate. He ran as a Democrat, and won election in 1996.Obama became chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee as well, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, he worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.
Obama continued to actively participate in political endeavors and became a known name. In February 2007, Obama made headlines when he announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. He was locked in a tight battle with former first lady and then-U.S. senator from New York Hillary Rodham Clinton. On June 3, 2008, however, Obama became the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party, and Senator Clinton delivered her full support to Obama for the duration of his campaign. On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama defeated Republican presidential nominee John McCain, 52.9 percent to 45.7 percent, winning election as the 44th president of the United States—and the first African-American to hold this office.
Along his journey, Obama also wrote a autobiography titled Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, in 1995. It remains to be critically well-acclaimed till date. The 2006 audiobook version of Dreams, narrated by Obama, received a Grammy Award (best spoken word album).
Obama was and continues to be a very powerful leader who manages to hold America’s position as a world leader in place. President Obama also undertook a complete overhaul of America’s foreign policy. He reached out to improve relations with Europe, China and Russia and to open dialogue with Iran, Venezuela and Cuba. He lobbied allies to support a global economic stimulus package. He committed an additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan and set an August 2010 date for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
His successful run as a US President in 2008 won him another term to hold office. And even as he enters the third year of this second term, he remains to be one of the most enchanted and charismatic name in the world politics.