This is a story of the most loved 44th President of the United States. This person was the first African American who was elected to the Presidency. He has also served as civil rights lawyer, community organizer, & teacher. Being a winner of 2006 & 2008 Grammy Awards, he was also awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. This person is none other than the former President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Barack Obama was born as Barack Hussein II on 4th August 1961 in Hawaii. He was born to Barack Obama Sr. who was a Kenyan senior governmental economist and Ann Dunham who was an American anthropologist. When his parents were studying, young Obama was raised by his mother’s parents i.e. maternal grandparents. In three years, Obama’s parents got divorced. It was believed that his father shortly returned to his native country and died in a car accident in Nairobi on 24th November 1982.
In 1965, Obama’s mother remarried Lolo Soetoro and moved to Jakarta, Indonesia. Lolo was an Indonesian student at the University of Hawaii. At that time, Obama was 6 years old and his mother did not have enough money to send Barack to the International school. Every morning his mother used to teach for 3 hours before his school and her work. When Obama became 10, he returned to Hawaii as his mother sent him to her parents. He lived with his maternal grandparents until graduating from high school. You will be surprised to know that as a student, Barack Obama got involved in drugs & alcohol.
Student Years & Law Career
While he was studying at Punahou School, his mother Ann divorced Lolo Soetoro & together with her daughter Maya, she moved back to Hawaii. In 1979, Barack Obama graduated from Punahou School. After graduating from Punahou School, Obama was accepted by several colleges. He decided to go to Los Angeles and enroll at Occidental College. After this, he shifted to Columbia University in New York. He understood that he did not want to live an ordinary life like his middle-class Black American friends.
After graduating from Columbia University, he worked as a project coordinator in Business International Group in New York. Soon, he moved to Chicago to work as an executive director of the Developing Communities Project. During 3 years as the DCP’s Director, he managed to grow the organization’s staff from 1 to 13 & grew its annual budget from $70,000 to $400,000. During his tenure as executive director, he faced a lot of city bureaucracy and decided to enroll in the degree of law.
In 1988, he met Michelle Robinson who was working as a practicing attorney and was assigned to mentor him during his internship. In 1992, Obama married Michelle. He then returned to Chicago where he practiced civil rights law at Miner, Barnhill & Galland. He even worked as lecturer & professor at The University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004
In 1996, Obama replaced Alice Palmer, who was the 13th District state senator. After Obama became state senator, he passed 300 bills which were intended to children, poor, senior citizens, & labour unions. In 2000, he took part in the Democratic primary run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Barack Obama lost his opponent Bobby Rush who was a four-term incumbent candidate.
In 2008, Obama defeated his opponent Hilary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination and became the 44th President of the United States & the first African-American to hold this office. During his 2 four-year tenures, Obama made the US economy rise strongly. He contributed a lot for the upliftment of poor people and common citizens of the United States. Barack Obama was the President who was liked by almost everyone in the country.
We can learn a lot from his story as his story was full of up-downs and difficulties. He was able to prove that an African-American could become America’s first Black President & lead his country to prosperity.