BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA II
Barack Obama is the son of an African man and an
American woman. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was
born in a small village in Kenya. His father grew up
herding goats in Africa, eventually earning a
scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue
his dreams of college in Hawaii. Ann Dunham, the
mother of Barack Jr., was born in a small town in
Kansas. Barack Sr. and Ann met in Hawaii. He was
attending the University of Hawaii on scholarship, and
her family had moved there after her father had
returned from fighting in World War II. Barack Jr. was
born on August 4, 1961. Because Barack and his dad
had the same name, this was really confusing when he
was little. No one knew if they were talking about
Barack the son or Barack the dad. To make things
easier, Barack's parents started calling him Barry.
CHILDHOOD/HIS PARENTS DIVORCE
Barry's parents divorced when he was young. Later his
mom married a man from Indonesia. Soon his family
moved there. Barry had many neat pets when he lived
in Indonesia . He had baby crocodiles, chickens, and
ducks. He even had a pet
monkey! Barack's parents divorced when he was very
young. When he was six, his mom got remarried. She
married a man from Indonesia. Soon after the wedding,
Barack and his family moved to this Asian country.
Not long after that, Ann, Barack, and Maya moved back
to Hawaii. Barack's grandparents lived in Hawaii too.
They helped to rear him. He called his grandpa
"Gramps." He called his grandma "Toot." That is a
Hawaiian word for grandparent.
FROM BARRY TO BARACK
When he was growing up, Barack's family did not have
a lot of money. Still, they really wanted him to have a
great education. They worked very hard to send him to
an expensive, private school. Barack got good grades in
school. After his parents were divorced, Barack Sr.
returned to Kenya, and Ann reared Barack Jr. by
herself. It was hard for Barry to grow up without his
father. Because his father was well-educated, he wanted
to make him proud. Barry was also a great basketball
player like his father. After high school he moved to
California to go to college. Eventually he moved to
New York and attended Columbia University.
Barry attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, then
moved to New York and ended up graduating with a
political science degree from Columbia University, in
1983, one year after his father died in a car crash. When
he was older, Barry began to study his African roots.
He wanted to learn more about his culture. He learned a
lot about his father's family. He wanted to honor them.
Barry decided that he wanted people to start calling him
LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
After he graduated from Columbia, Barack moved to
Chicago, Illinois. He got a job at a law firm as
community organizer and director of the Developing
Communities Project, a church-based group formed to
improve living conditions for people in poor
neighborhoods. This job helped him meet many people.
During a summer work study in Chicago in 1989,
Obama had as his adviser a woman named Michelle
Robinson. They worked together for a few months and
began dating after awhile. They were engaged in 1991
and married in 1992. A few years later, he went back to
school, earning his law degree in 1991, from Harvard.
He was the first African-American president of the
Harvard Law Review. Barack really wanted to help his
community and country. In 1996 he became a state
senator. Then in 1999 he ran for Congress. Barack did
not win. He did not become a congressman, but he did
not give up! Their first child, Malia, was born in 1998.
Natasha, their second child, was born in 2001. In his
free time, President Obama still likes to play basketball.
He plays as often as he can. He also likes to spend time
with his two daughters and cook chili.
A SEAT IN THE SENATE
In November of 2004, Barack was elected to the U.S.
Senate. He represented the state of Illinois. When he
won this seat, Barack also won the attention of many
citizens and politicians. Many people thought that he
could someday be a great president. Many people
noticed Mr. Obama. They thought that he was a great
leader. They also thought that he'd make a great
president. In 2007, Mr. Obama decided to run for
president. On June 3, 2008 he won the Montana
primary election giving him enough delegates to
become the first Black American presidential candidate
to win a major political party's presumptive nomination
for the office of President of the United States.
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT
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 4th, 2008, Barack Obama defeated
Republican presidential nominee John McCain for the
position of U.S. President, 52.9 percent to 45.7 percent.
On January 20, 2009, Obama became the 44th president
of the United States—and the first African-American to
hold this office.
Many people had dreamed of the day when an African
American man would be president. Finally, that dream
had come true.
THE FIRST 100 DAYS
During his first 100 days, President Obama also
undertook a complete overhaul of America's foreign
policy. He reached out to improve relations with
Europe, China, Russia and 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. In more dramatic incidents, he took on pirates off
the coast of Somalia and prepared the nation for an
attack of the Swine Flu. For his efforts, he was awarded
the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel
FACTS ABOUT OBAMA
He is a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan.
The first American president to be born in Hawaii.
Was the 27th lawyer to be elected American president.
Presidential campaign slogan: "Change we can believe in".
Is primarily of Kenyan, Irish, and English ancestry.
First ever US President to address a Muslim community at
an inaugural speech.
Eighth left-handed US President
First United States Senator to be elected President since John
October 2009, won the Nobel Peace Prize. (Fourth US
President to do so)
Obama's appearance on "The View" (1997) (29 July 2010)
made him the first ever sitting US President to appear as a
guest on a daytime TV talk show.
His first name comes from the word that means "blessed by
God" in Arabic.
Nicknames: Barry, Bama, Rock, The One, No Drama
Height: 6' 1
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BELIEFS
1. He opposes vouchers being used at private schools because he believes they undermine public schools.
2. Calls for higher pay for teachers and pay based on merit as well.
Fully supports a universal health care plan and has stated that we require a plan with "everybody in, nobody out. A single-
payer health care plan, a universal health care plan."
1. Proposed an $80 million dollar tax cut for the poor and middle class
2. Spoke out against estate tax cuts
1. Eliminate tax credits that are no longer useful
2. Clost corporate tax loophole
3. Restore the PAYGO policy, which does not allow federal spending without a plan to make up for lost revenue.
1. Hopes to bring a "responsible" end to the war in Iraq as soon as possible.
2. Rebuild and construct alliances worldwide in order to battle such problems as global warming
3. Invest in "humanity" by providing foreign aid.
4. Called for an expansion on the United States Armed Forces
1. Implement a guest worker program, providing a path towards citizenship for all undocumented workers.
2. Supports granting drivers licenses to illegal immigrants
3. Voted for the Secure Fence Act, which would allow 700 miles of fence to be built along the United States-Mexico
1. Abortions should be legal according to Roe vs. Wade.
2. Female contraceptives should be covered by health insurance
1. Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic weapons while increasing restrictions on purchasing of firearms.
2. Supports child-safety locks on firearms.