Who is Barack Obama?
• The first African American to be
elected president of the United States.
Obama, a Democrat, had represented
Illinois in the United States Senate
since 2005. Before being elected to
the U.S. Senate, Obama served for
eight years in the Illinois Senate. In the
2008 presidential election, Obama
defeated Senator John McCain, a
Republican from Arizona. In a heated
fight for the Democratic nomination,
Obama had defeated Hillary Rodham
Clinton, a U.S. senator from New York
and former first lady.
Who are the people in Obama’s
• In 1989, while working as
a summer associate at a
Chicago law firm, Obama
met Michelle Robinson
(1964-...). Michelle was a
lawyer who later became
a hospital executive. The
couple married on Oct. 3,
1992. They have two
children: Malia (1998-...)
and Natasha, commonly
called Sasha (2001-...).
What colleges did Obama attend?
• Obama enrolled at Occidental
College in Los Angeles. He was
popular among his classmates
and became known as a serious
student and an accomplished
basketball player. While at
Occidental, Obama participated in
demonstrations to encourage the
college to withdraw its
investments from South Africa
because of that country's policy of
apartheid (rigid racial
segregation). Obama credited the
experience with getting him
involved in public policy issues.
What is Obama’s favorite sport?
• Barack’s favorite
sport is basketball.
He also played
What do I like the most about
• What I like most about Obama is
the he is a very influence speaker.
He motivates people to CHANGE.