1981 - Occidental College
1983 - Columbia University
1991 - Harvard Law School
1967 - Noelani Elementary School
1970 - St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School
1971 - State Elementary School Menteng 01
2012; 2008 - Time's Person of the Year
2008; 2006 - Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album - The Audacity of Hope
2007 - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work
Nonfiction - The Audacity of Hope
2005 - NAACP Image Award – Chairman's Award
2013 - NME Award for Hero of the Year
Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States. Born to a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, he is the first African American to hold the office. Prior to becoming the president, he served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate and received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in the United States Senate. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, he was a successful civil rights attorney before he ventured into politics. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, he began his presidential campaign in 2007. After winning sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination, he went on to defeat Republican nominee John McCain in the general election. He assumed office as the President of the United States in January 2009, a time when the country was reeling under the global economic recession. Expectations were high from the new president and the responsibilities on his shoulders, tremendous. Within the first few months he implemented several reforms in order to stabilize the economy and to boost its growth. He also completely overhauled America's foreign policy. Obama was reelected to a second term as president in November 2012.
- He was born as Barack Hussein Obama II on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Obama, Sr. and his wife, Stanley Ann Dunham. His mother was a white American, of mostly English ancestry while his father was a black Kenyan. His parents separated when Barack was just an infant.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.His mother was still a student when she gave birth to Barack Obama and Obama lived with his maternal grandparents for a few years while his mother completed her education.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Barack Obama graduated from high school in 1979 and moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College. In 1981, he transferred to Columbia College, Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialty in international relations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.From June 1985 to May 1988, he worked as a community organizer for low-income residents in the Roseland and the Altgeld Gardens communities.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988 and graduated with a J.D. magna cum laude in 1991. As a student, he served as the president of the Harvard Law Review, and his election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review gained national media attention.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Career
- He took up a part-time teaching position at the University of Chicago Law School in 1992 as a lecturer, eventually becoming a Senior Lecturer in 1996.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He joined the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland to practice as a civil rights lawyer. He served as an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then as counsel from 1996 to 2004.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He ventured into politics and successfully ran as a Democrat for a seat in the Illinois State Senate in 1996. He sponsored a law that increased tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare. He was reelected in 1998 and then again in 2002.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He decided to run for the U.S. Senate in 2004 and won in an unexpected landslide in the primary election in March. He delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention following which he became very popular. He was sworn in as a senator on January 3, 2005Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.As the Senator, he cosponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act and introduced the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. He also sponsored the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act and an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act to add safeguards for personality-disorder military discharges.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.An ambitious man and a successful political figure in the U.S., Barack Obama decided to run for the presidency and announced his candidacy for President of United States, in 2007. He was chosen as Democratic Party’s presidential candidateSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He defeated Republican presidential nominee John McCain in the United States presidential election on November 4, 2008. Obama received 365 electoral votes as compared to 173 electoral votes received by McCain. His running mate, Delaware Senator Joe Biden, became vice president.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Barack Obama was sworn in as the president on January 20, 2009. He assumed the position at a time when the American economy was in a chaos, in the midst of a severe global recession.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He set to work immediately and started implementing financial reforms to bring down the national debt while also focusing on the education and health care system in the country. His top most priority was to stabilize the American economy which had taken a beating during the global recession.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.In order to help the economy recover from the recession, he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $787 billion economic stimulus package that included increased federal spending for health care, infrastructure, education, various tax breaks and incentives.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He stressed on the importance of innovation economics to make the United States more competitive globally in his 2011 State of the Union Address. The same year, he signed the Budget Control Act in an effort to control government spending and prevent the government from defaulting on its financial obligations.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Obama became the president at a politically turbulent time and handled a number of military and security issues during his presidency. He authorized a raid on what was believed to be the location of Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda, in Pakistan. The operation, conducted by United States Navy SEALs on 1 May 2011 resulted in the death of bin Laden and the seizure of papers, computer drives and disks from the compound where he was hiding.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.In his first term as the president, he supported same-sex marriages and fought for a woman’s right to make her own health decisions. He also made college education more affordable for millions of students. All these moves, along with the pivotal role he played in helping the American economy recover from the recession and in controlling terrorism made him an extremely respected and popular president.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Barack Obama faced Republican opponent Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. He won the election and was sworn in for a second term on 20 January, 2013. In his second term, he has called for full equality for LGBT Americans and has sought to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Major Works
- In 2009 he signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in order to promote economic growth in the midst of the major global recession. Within months there was a surge in the number of jobs being created and unemployment claims began to subside. Over the period of one year, a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs were created.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Obama doubled renewable power generation during his first term. In 2009, he issued orders to all federal agencies to cut down on their environmental impacts by 2020. A 30 percent reduction in fleet gasoline use, and 26 percent boost in water efficiency are some of the goals envisioned to achieve lower environmental impacts over the next few years.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.As the president, his major focus was on revitalizing the American economy after the recession and he signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) in order to re-regulate the financial sector after its decline during the recession.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He authorized the operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, to go ahead with the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. The operation resulted in the death of the infamous terrorist who had managed to evade capture so far.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He is also well known for his stance on same-sex marriages and LGBT rights. He called for full equality for gays during his second inaugural address on January 21, 2013—this was the first time that a president mentioned gay rights or the word gay in an inaugural address. He supports same sex couples adopting children.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Awards & Achievements
- He is the recipient of two Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Awards. He won the awards for the abridged audiobook versions of ‘Dreams from My Father’ (2006) and for ‘The Audacity of Hope’ (2008).Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.In 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.The ‘Time’ magazine named Obama as its Person of the Year twice, in 2008 and in 2012.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Personal Life & Legacy
- Barack Obama met Michelle Robinson in 1989 while employed as a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin. The couple started dating and eventually married in 1992. They are blessed with two daughters, Malia and Natasha.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
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- Barack Obama has an estimated net worth of $12.2 million.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
- Obama was just a young boy when his mother recognized his potential and told a friend she believed he could be president of the United States when he grew up.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He used to write poetry when he was a young man in love.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.The name Barack means “one who is blessed” in Swahili.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.As a young boy growing up in Indonesia, he had a pet ape named Tata.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.Obama admits he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine as a teenager.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.His basketball-playing skills earned him the nickname “O’Bomber” in high school.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He loves comics! He has read every Harry Potter book and collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He has tried some very peculiar dishes like dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in Indonesia.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.His childhood nickname was “Barry” and it was only during his university years that he came to be addressed by his full name.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes.Something Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.
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