Barack Hussein Obama II, popularly known as Barack Obama, served as the forty-fourth President of the United States. He was born on August 4, 1961. He is the first African-American who became the president of the country.
Before getting elected as the President, he served as a senator from Illinois from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008. He has authored three books so far, ‘Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance’ (published in 1995), ‘The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream’ (published in 2006) and ‘Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters’ (published in 2008).
Early Life of Barack Obama
Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother was Stanley Ann Dunham, a lady of English lineage and his father was Barack Obama, Sr., a resident of Kenya. He studied law at the Harvard Law School and Columbia University. During his studentship at the Harvard Law School, Obama served as the President of the Harvard Law Review.
Before getting his degree in law, he also worked as a community organizer in Chicago, Illinois. He was a civil and political rights attorney in the city. From 1992 to 2004, he worked as a teacher of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School. During 1997 to 2004, Obama completed three terms as the representative of the 13th district of the Illinois Senate.
In 2000, after a failed attempt versus the sitting Democratic candidate for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, Barack Obama targeted the United States Senate in the year 2004. Throughout his campaign, a number of happenings drew the country’s focus on him, including, obviously, his triumph in the 2004 United States Senate Election in Illinois as a Democratic Candidate and his Democratic National keynote speech in July, 2004. Ultimately, he emerged victorious in the United States Senate Election for Illinois in November, 2004.
|Full Name:||Barack Hussein Obama II|
|Date of Birth:||August 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Parents:||Barack Obama, Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro|
|Spouse:||Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (1964; m. 1992)|
|Children:||Malia Ann (1998- ) and Natasha “Sasha” (2001- )|
|Education:||Occidental College, Los Angles (1979-81);
Columbia University, New York (B.A., 1983);
Harvard Law School (J.D. Magna cum laude, 1991)
|Profession(s):||Consultant, community organizer, civil rights lawyer|
|Government ranks:||State senator, U.S. Senator from Illinois|
|President Term:||January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017|
|Age when assumed office:||47|
Snapshot of Barack Obama’s life
|1961||Born in Hawaii|
|1983||Graduates from Columbia University|
|1991||Graduates from Harvard Law School|
|1997-2004||Serves as Illinois state senator|
|2000||Lost his challenge to unseat Representative Bobby Rush|
|2004-2008||Served as U.S. Senator from Illinois|
|2008||Elected forty-fourth president of the United States|
Outcome of the Elections
|2008||Presidential / Vice Presidential Candidates||Popular votes||Electoral votes|
|Barack Obama / Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Democratic)||66882230||365|
|John S. McCain / Sarah Palin (Republican)||58343671||173|
In February 2007, Obama started his presidential campaign. Following his primary campaign in 2008 versus Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama got the nomination of the Democratic Party. In the United States Presidential Election in 2008, Obama trounced John McCain, the Republican candidate. He took oath as president on January 20, 2009.
He was the Nobel Peace Prize awardee in 2009.
s Barack Obama took a number of encouraging initiatives. In February 2009, he ratified the Economic Stimulus Bill as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and in December, 2010, he introduced the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act. Other bills passed by him include the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act.
International Policies of Obama
Obama ordered steady withdrawal of the American forces from Iraq, raised vigilance in Afghanistan, entered into the New START ammunition regulation pact with the Russian Government, decreed military intervention in Libya, and oversaw the operation to execute Osama Bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda supremo in Pakistan.