Student Name: Arlene Ricketts
Who is Barack Obama?
• Barack Obama became in 2008 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
• Michelle Obama, née Robinson, the
wife of Barack Obama, was born on
January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois.
She is a lawyer and, was a University
of Chicago Hospital vice-president.
She is the First Lady of the United
• Barack and Michelle Obama have two
daughters: Malia Ann (born on July 4,
1998), and Natasha (known as
Sasha), born on June 10, 2001.
• Sashay is the youngest child to reside
in the White House since John F.
Kennedy, Jr. lived for the first three
years of his life. Sasha is also the first
White House resident born in the 21st
What colleges did Obama attend?
• After graduation from high school,
Obama enrolled at Occidental College
in Los Angeles.
• In 1981, Obama transferred to
Columbia University in New York City.
Obama received a bachelor’s degree
in political science from the university
• Obama entered Harvard Law School in
1988 and graduated magna cum
laude (with great honor) in 1991. In
law school, he became the first African
American to serve as president of
the Harvard Law Review.
What is Obama’s favorite sport?
• Obama loved to play basketball.
• Obama was a reserve player on the
Punahou School basketball team that
won the state title in 1979. For his
success at making long-range jump
shots, his teammates gave him the
nickname “Barry O’Bomber.”
What do I like the most about
• I like the fact that Obama was a black
child that succeeded, besides the fact
that its hard for a black person to be
somebody so important.