President Barack Obama

Barack Obama

President Obama in Texas. Photo by: mirsasha

The Life of Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Sunset in the Presidents home town of Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by: Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

President Barack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961 Kapiʻolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. Later, he would not only become the first black president of the United States, but also the first  U.S. born in Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas and was mostly of English decent. President Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was from Kenya. His parents married in 1961 and divorced in 1964.

After his parents separated, Obama and his mother moved to Seattle so she could advance her education at the University of Washington for one year. Barack’s father moved back to Kenya where he remarried three years later. Barack Obamas father only visited once which was in 1971. Later in 1982, the Presidents father died in a car accident.

The President also has a half-sister named Maya who was born after Barack’s mother met Lolo Soetoro. Lolo was Indonesian, and the future President moved to the Tebet district in south Jakarta with his mother for a few years after the couple married.

Barack Obama’s Career

Barack Obama

Photo by: Ethan Bloch

In 1996 Barack Hussein Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate, where he succeeded State Senator Alice Palmer. Once he was elected, Barack Obama gained support for legislation that reformed ethics and health care laws.

In 1998, Barack Obama was re-elected into the Illinois Senate and then again in 2000. In January 2003, Obama became chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee when Democrats, after a decade in the minority, regained a majority.

Barack Obama was sworn in as a U.S. senator on January 3, 2005 and 2008. He announced he would resign his Senate seat on November 16, 2008, to focus on his transition period for the presidency.

A year before, in 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for president; John McCain was nominated as the Republican candidate, and the two engaged in three presidential debates in September and October 2008. Obama won the presidency with 365 Electoral College votes.

In 2012, Obama ran for reelection to the presidency and went up against former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. When the votes came in, the president won 332 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 required for him to be re-elected as president.

Barack Obama at Harvard

Obama entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988 and was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review by the end of his first year. By the end of his second year he was president of the journal and research assistant to the constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe . After graduating with a J.D. Magna Cum Laude (with honors) from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago.