Barack Obama Biography

November 8, 2012 | By Devina Janice | Filed in: Blogging.

Barack Obama, the man who has made won for the second time as a President of United States successfully beat his rival, Mitt Romney. He made a history by being the first African American president in the United States in 2008 beat his rival Hilary Clinton and John McCain.


Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii August 4th 1961. Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham is American, came from Wichita, Kansas and his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. came from Kenya. His parents met in 1960 when attending the event from University of Hawaii, which his father was a foreign student.

This couple married on February 2nd 1961, but then they divorced on 1964. After the divorced, Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham married Indonesian college student named Lolo Soetoro. Then Obama’s family moved to Indonesia in 1967. Obama went to local school in Jakarta until 10 years old, after that he came back to Honolulu lived with his grandfather and grandmother.

Little Obama with His Grandfather, Stanley Dunham

After finish his high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles then he studied at Occidental College for 2 years. Then he moved out to the Columbia University in New York City learned political science with a specialization in international relations.

Got his bachelor in 1983, then continued his study in Harvard Law School in the end of 1988. He was chosen to be an editor in Harvard Law Review, in a first year, then became a president in his second year. He graduated from Harvard Law School with Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1991.

Then he got back to Chicago, taught constitutional law at Law School of Chicago University for 12 years as a professor. With a Kenyan father and American mother, his upbringing in Honolulu and Jakarta, and his Ivy League education, Obama’s early life was very different from the African-American politicians who started their careers in the 1960 through participation in the civil rights movement.

Obama young

Obama chosen to be Illinois Senate in 1996, Obama’s got the support by two political parties. Obama was sworn as a senator on January 4, 2005. Obama is a fifth African-American senator in the history of the United States. In February 2007, Obama declared his self to be a candidate of President of the United States in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. During the campaign, Obama emphasized the issues of rapidly ending the Iraq War, increasing free energy, and providing universal health care.

On November 4th 2008, Barack Obama successfully beat John McCain in the general election with 365 electoral vote for McCain and became the first African American president. In his victory speech, he delivered it before the crowd of hundreds of thousands supporters in Chicago’s Grant Park, Obama proclaimed that ‘Change Has Come to America’.

Obama became the first U.S. president who was born outside the mainland of United States. He will also be the fifth youngest president when served and the second since Lincoln whose primary political base is located in Illinois. And now, he successfully retain his position as President of United States for the next 4 years.

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