Barack Hussein Obama II By: Tyler Liddell

Biography: Early Life

Barack Obama was born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Soon after being born his father Barack Obama Sr. moved to Massachusetts to get his Ph.D. His move caused him and his wife Ann Dunham to separate, and after they divorced Obama Sr. moved back to Kenya. As a result of this Obama did not have a relationship with this father and only saw him once before his tragic death.

*picsture to left* Obama in the 5th grade, he is found in the last row

During his school years, Obama struggled with his multicultural background. He was one of three kids in his high school. In one of his books he stated "I noticed that there was nobody like me in the Sears, Roebuck Christmas catalog. . .and that Santa was a white man; I went into the bathroom and stood in front of the mirror with all my senses and limbs seemingly intact, looking as I had always looked, and wondered if something was wrong with me".

Picture Obama Sr. trip to Hawaii and only time Obama saw his father

He also struggled with growing up without his father. After his father left from his trip in Hawaii, Obama did not understand why he did not want to stay with them. While he was 21 his dad died in a car accident. Obama went to his funeral, in Kenya, and it resolved a lot of emotions for him. Upon his return back to America, he moved to Chicago. While there he began to help low income neighborhood on the Southside.

Law School:

In 1988 Obama entered Harvard Law and began to excel. He soon met Laurence Tribe, a law professor, who let Obama join his team. Tribe noticed that "but it was clear that he wanted to make a difference to people, to communities.” Later he joined a law firm where he met Michelle Robison. Some things Obama accomplished in law school is becoming the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review and he graduated magna cum lauded from Harvard Law. Other things Obama did after law school was: worked as a civil rights lawyer, taught constitutional law, and helped people get there voter registration card.

Barack and Michelle wedding photo

Early Politician career

In 1996 he won the election for the Illinois state Senate. While in the senate he worked for both Democrat and Republicans to "draft legislation on ethics". He also tried to get more healthcare services, increase education programs for the poor, and created an income tax credit for the working poor. Also worked with the police to mandate videotape confessions and interrogations for those on death row. He did this because some people were actually found to be innocent. As a state senator he spoke against Bush going to war with Iraq after 9/11. "I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars" In 2004 he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected in the U.S. Senate.

Race to Become Preident

In the 2008 presidential election he ran against John McCain. He said he would bring down the national debt while helping people get healthcare and reforming healthcare. When he won the 2008 election he became the first African American president. In 2012 he won the election against Mitt Romney.

Good Deeds as a President

Ended Recession by passing a $787 billion stimulus billWon Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, Committee said "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"

Health Care Reform: 5 presidents have tried to create national health insurance but he was the first one to accomplish this, Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, over 30 million Americans now have insurance

Ended war in Iraq

Increased the budget for Department for Veterans

Created Race to the Top: like a foundation, 4.35 billion dollars of grant programs dispersed through the states that reformed education

Fair pay Act allowed woman to sue employers for being paid less for doing the same work as men

Hate Crime Prevention Act

South Sudan was able to declare independence with his help

Barack and Michelle improved school nutrition

Sources:

http://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/marchapril-2012/

http://www.biography.com/people/barack-obama-12782369#challenges-and-successes

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150319/Adorable-childhood-photos-Barack-Obama-pot-smoking-school-days.html

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