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					Barack Obama
 By Jameelah Hogan
Early Years…
   Barack Obama was born on august 4,1961,
    in Honolulu Hawaii
   Obama attended local schools, such as
    Asisi, in Jakarta until he was ten years old.
   Then, Punahou School from the fifth grade
    in 1971 until his graduation from high
    school in 1979.
College Years….
   Following high school, Obama moved to Los
    Angeles, where he studied at Occidental College
    for two years
   He then transferred to Columbia University in New
    York City, where he majored in political science
    with a specialization in international relations.
   Obama graduated with a B.A. from Columbia in
    1983, then at the start of the following year
    worked for a year at the Business International
    Corporation and then at the New York Public
    Interest Research Group.
Meeting Michelle….
   Obama met his wife, Michelle Robinson, in
    June 1989, when he was employed as a
    summer associate at the Chicago law firm
    of Sidley Austin.
   They began dating later that summer,
    became engaged in 1991, and were
    married on October 3, 1992.
Illinois Senate….
   Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996,
    succeeding State Senator Alice Palmer as
    Senator from Illinois' 13th District, which then
    spanned Chicago South Side neighborhoods from
    Hyde Park-Kenwood south to South Shore and
    west to Chicago Lawn.
   Obama was reelected to the Illinois Senate in
    1998, and again in 2002. In 2000, he lost a
    Democratic primary run for the U.S. House of
    Representatives to four-term incumbent Bobby
    Rush by a margin of two to one.
U.S Senator….
   In mid-2002, Obama began considering a run for
    the U.S. Senate; he enlisted political strategist
    David Axelrod that fall and formally announced his
    candidacy in January 2003.
   Obama was sworn in as a senator on January 4,
    2005. Obama was the fifth African-American
    Senator in U.S. history, and the third to have been
    popularly elected.
2008 President…
   On February 10, 2007, Obama announced his
    candidacy for President of the United States in
    front of the Old State Capitol building in
    Springfield, Illinois
   On August 23, 2008, Obama selected Delaware
    Senator Joe Biden as his vice presidential running
   On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama defeated
    John McCain in the general election and became
    the first African American to be elected President
    of the United States.
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