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Inauguration 2009 President Barack Obama Vice President Joseph Biden Warm-up: What facts do you know about President-Elect Obama? President Obama’s family -http://www.biography.com/featured-biography/barack-obama/index.jsp Barack Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British. Barack's mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father served in World War II. Her mother went to work on a bomber assembly line, and after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii. President Obama’s family It was there, at the University of Hawaii, where Barack's parents met. His mother was a student there, and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams in America. Born August 4, 1961, his name Barack means "one who is blessed" in Swahili. Barack's father eventually returned to Kenya, and Barack grew up with his mother in Hawaii, and for a few years in Indonesia. Later, he moved to New York, where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983. President Obama’s Childhood His mother married Lolo Soetoro, another East–West Center student from Indonesia. In 1967, the family moved to Jakarta, where Obama’s half-sister Maya Soetoro–Ng was born. Obama attended schools in Jakarta, where classes were taught in the Indonesian language. Four years later when Barack (commonly known throughout his early years as "Barry") was ten, he returned to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, and later his mother (who died of ovarian cancer in 1995). He was enrolled in the fifth grade at the esteemed Punahou Academy, graduating with honors in 1979. He was only one of three black students at the school. This is where Obama first became conscious of racism and what it meant to be an African–American. Obama’s early adulthood In his memoir, Obama described how he struggled to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage. He saw his biological father only once after his parents divorced. And he admitted using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years. 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. Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988. In 1989 Michelle Robinson was asked to mentor a summer associate from Harvard name Barack Obama. According to reports, Barack didn’t care about corporate law very much, but showed a lot of interest in Michelle. In February 1990, he was elected the first African–American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude in 1991. Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama Michelle and Barack were married on October 18, 1992. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. Finally, his advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. Obama published an autobiography in 1995 Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. And he won a Grammy for the audio version of the book. In 2004, he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate. The Obama Family Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964, as Michelle Robinson and was raised in Chicago’s South Side. She graduated from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago’s West Loop. Princeton University followed and she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a Minor in African American studies. She continued her education at Harvard Law School, where she earned her degree in 1988, one year ahead of her future husband, Barack. Michelle Obama has a very impressive career as a former associate dean at the University of Chicago, member of six boards of directors including the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and Tree House Foods. Interestingly Barack and Michelle waited almost seven years before having children. Their first daughter name Malia Ann Obama was born in 1999 with Natasha (often called “Sasha") following two years later in 2001. President Barack Obama Presidential Oath I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Presidential Oath of Office, Constitution of the United States, Article II President Obama’s Inaugural Speech Read the speech. What were the main ideas in the speech? What issues does President Obama see as priorities? How does he say America needs to deal with the pressing problems it faces? What words did President Obama stress?
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