44. Barack Hussein Obama

44.  Barack Hussein Obama - Our Presidents "Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met." - Barack Obama
  • The 44th and current president of the United States, Barack Obama was born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ann Dunham- Barack's Mother
  • He was a civil rights lawyer before pursuing a political career, first as Illinois State Senator, and later as the first African-American president of the United States.
  • While studying at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, Obama, Sr. met fellow student, Ann Dunham. They married on February 2, 1961. Barack was born six months later.
  • After high school, Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York, graduating in 1983 with a degree in political science.He entered Harvard Law School in 1988. In February 1990, Obama was elected the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review, and he graduated magna *** laude in 1991.After law school, Obama returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer, joining the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School, and helped organize voter registration drives during Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. Illinois State Senate as a Democrat. He won election in 1996. During these Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans in drafting legislation on ethics, expanded health care services, and early childhood education programs for the poor. He also created a state earned-income tax credit for the working poor. Obama became chairman of the Illinois Senate's Health and Human Services Committee as well, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, he worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.In 2000, Obama made an unsuccessful Democratic primary run for the U. S. House of Representatives seat held by four-term incumbent candidate Bobby Rush. Undeterred, Obama created a campaign committee in 2002, and began raising funds to run in the 2004 U.S. Senate Race.With his win, Barack Obama became only the third African-American elected to the U.S. Senate since the Reconstruction. Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001,Obama was an early opponent of President George W. Bush's push to war with Iraq. Obama, encouraged by poll numbers, decided to run for the U.S. Senate open seat vacated by Republican Peter Fitzgerald. In the 2004 Democratic primary, he won 52 percent of the vote, defeating multimillionaire businessman Blair Hull and Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes. That summer, he was invited to deliver the keynote speech in support of John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
  • His biological father and paternal grandfather are from Kenya, both buried there.
  • Met Michelle Robinson, an associate at Sidley & Austin law firm in Chicago. She was assigned to be Obama's adviser during a summer internship at the firm, and soon the couple began dating. On October 3, 1992, he and Michelle were married. They moved to Kenwood, on Chicago's South Side, and welcomed two daughters: Malia (born 1998) and Sasha (born 2001).
  • Obama published his autobiography in 1995 Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Obama, received a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word Album.
  • His second book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, was published in October 2006. Shortly after its release, it hit No. 1 on both the New York Times and Amazon.com bestsellers lists
  • On November 4th, 2008, Barack Obama defeated Republican presidential nominee John McCain for the position of U.S. President, 52.9 percent to 45.7 percent. On January 20, 2009, Obama became the 44th president of the United States—and the first African-American to hold this office.
  • Barack with wife and children

He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can't stand ice cream
44.  Barack Hussein Obama - Our Presidents
His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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More Facts:
---Barack Obama graduated Magna Cume Laude from Harvard!
---He actually met his wife in college and only dated her for a short time before they were engaged
---He also published a book in his life!


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