By Jameelah Hogan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
On February 10, 2007, Obama announced his
candidacy for President of the United States in
front of the Old State Capitol building in
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.