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Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Kenyan
father and white Kansas-born mother.
later graduated from the local Punahou School before embarking on a political
science degree at Columbia University.
to Chicago, he helped organize local job training programs in poor neighborhoods.
Later, he decided to return to school to pursue a law degree at Harvard where
he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, graduating
magna cum laude in 1991.
law career began with a return to Chicago, working as a civil rights lawyer,
then as a teacher
of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1993 until
his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004.
as a toddler
with mother, Ann Dunham.
was in 2004 while running for an open seat in the U.S. Senate when Obama delivered
his famous at the Democratic National Convention, and overnight
became a national political figure for his stirring "Audacity
of Hope" keynote address in which he proclaimed "...there
is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States
of America." .
His subsequent landslide senate victory in November
set the stage for a presidential run, and in 2007 Obama
announced his candidacy
for the 2008 presidential election in Springfield, Illinois.
With a hard-fought primary battle against Democratic rival, Hillary
Clinton -- the first woman presidential candidate -- Obama's
appeal for both national unification and international diplomacy made the attractive
and charismatic orator the most popular grass-roots presidential candidate in
to a number of Barack Obama campaign "firsts", his campaign was also noteworthy
for revolutionizing the way presidential candidates raise donations outspending
rivals by raising millions in small donations from supporters via the Internet.
Following a hard-fought battle against the Republican rival John McCain, the stage was was set for Obama's history-making victory as the first elected African-American
President of the United States of America in 2008.
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama,
and daughters, Malia, second from left, and Sasha,
an official family portrait in 2009.
Obama has been married to Michelle
Robinson Obama since 1992 and together they have two daughters, Malia (born
1999) and Sasha (born 2001).
election of their father to the nation's highest office, the two
girls have not unexpectedly become media darlings but have surprisingly
taken their father's notoriety in stride.
private grief suffered over the loss of his beloved grandmother in September,
Obama made a sudden departure from the campaign trail to fly to the side of 85-year
Dunham, who had fallen seriously ill in her home state of Hawaii.
away a day before Election Day 2008 and would never share in his historic, barrier-breaking
victory as America's first African American to hold the nation's highest office.
More about President Barack Obama around the Web:
Obama - Wikipedia
Profile : Barack Obama
Barack Obama quotes:
If there is anyone out there
who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still
wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions
the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. - Presidential acceptance
speech, November 4, 2008.
"We live in a culture
that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal
in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained."
"We need to steer clear
of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice
clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish
these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
"There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the
United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and
Latino America and Asian America - there's the United States of America."
"As Americans, we can take enormous pride in the fact that courage has been
inspired by our own struggle for freedom, by the tradition of democratic law secured
by our forefathers and enshrined in our Constitution. It is a tradition that says
all men are created equal under the law and that no one is above it."
"What Washington needs is adult supervision."
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are
the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.