http://www.mtxoom.com/political/ Barack Obama Biography Barack Obama has a special place in history as he is the first African American president of USA. Born in Honolulu to Ann Durham and Barack Obama Sr., Obama served as Illinois Senator for a time period of approximately three and a half year from January 2005 - November 2008. As soon as he was elected as the President of the United States, he resigned from his post of Senator. Obama's childhood was quite tumultuous as his parents separated when he was just two years old. His father went to Kenya while his mother stayed back and later married an oil manager from Indonesia and moved to Jakarta, Indonesia when Barack was only six. Barack moved in with his grandparents and was mostly brought-up by them. During his childhood, his father visited him once, when he was ten years old. He was a bright child and attended Columbia University. However, the racial problem in New York made him worry a lot. During his college years he formed a small community to help Southerners. Later he attended Harvard Law School. It was in 1990 when he achieved the honor of being the first African American editor of Harvard Law Review. One of his fine career moves was when he started teaching at University of Chicago Law School. Over there he met Michelle Robinson, who was a fellow attorney. He married her in 1992. Later he was elected as a Senator to Illinois State. It was in the year 2004, when Obama got elected as a democrat to the US Senate. He was representing the State of Illinois. He won his bid for Senate by a huge margin in which he took almost 70% of Illinois vote. He came into limelight when at a National Convention at Boston, he gave a stirring speech where he urged for united American Union that was well received by the Democrats. When he ran for presidency in 2008, he had had just four years of experience in politics. Despite that, he won the elections. It was in January 2009 when Barack Obama was sworn as fourty-forth President of the United States and he was one of the youngest members of US Senate that time. Obama grew up with his white grandparents and admitted to the fact that there was time when his grades slipped. He used to spend numerous hours lazily on a basketball court with his friends. He admits to have been addicted to marijuana and cocaine at one point of time. However, all this was taken care of by his grandparents who taught him value of life. While Obama was at Harvard, he wrote a book - Dream from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. The book was published by Times Books in 1995. Obama and his wife Michelle have two daughters - Malia and Sasha.