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Biography of Barack Hussein OBAMA

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"As long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible."

Never in the history of the world has the election of a President, let alone the President of the United States of America caused as much excitement and joy in the world. Kenya declared 5 November a national holiday, the birthplace of his father, his roots in Africa. The first African man to become president of the most powerful nation in the world.

on July 24 Barack Obama arrives in Kenya for the first time as president of the United States,

US President Barack Obama said "Africa is on the move", as he praised the spirit of entrepreneurship at a business summit in Kenya during his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president.

"I wanted to be here, because Africa is on the move, Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world," Obama said.

"People are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up, the middle class is growing and young people like you are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business." 

January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday before a massive crowd reveling in a moment of historical significance, and called on Americans to confront together an economic crisis that he said was caused by “our collective failure to make hard choices.”   October 9, 2009 President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

November 6, 2012, Obama has been re -elected  for four more years.

Barack Hussein Obama (born 4 August 1961) Honolulu (Hawaii),is the first black person to be nominated by a political party to be their candidate for the Presidence of the United States of America, Barack Obama  is a man who stands out from the rest, he has been a senator of Illinois since 2005.

He first became noticed nationally when he gave the principal speech at the democratic convention in 2004, the same year when he was elected to become senator to represent Illinois in Congress. Four years later he had become the front runner for his party in the race for the investiture in the White House, having beaten the old hands in the party who were expected to win the nomination.

A speaker with a remarkable style and a master in providing emotive speeches that put across his message, Barack Obama manages to raise enthusiasm in young people. He has used the internet to provide a solid backing to his campaign. Barack Obama is a real 21st Century candidate. He posseses the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the electoral system and which is enabling to get up out of the traditional trenches and throughout the long five months of the electoral campaign with its sometimes brutal conflicts, he managed to eliminate his principal rival senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. During the whole of his campaign, he has made the American people understand that the election is about voting for a man and his ideas and not for a black or a white.

"There is not a liberal America or a Conservator America – there is the Unitded States of America” he declared in his speech to the Democratic congress in 2004. “There is not a black America and a white America and a latino-american America or an asian America; there is the United States of America… we form a single people, we all take our allegance to the same flag, we all strive to ensure the well being of the United States of America”.

Whether he had won or lost in the election? Barack Obama has become a pioneer in politics. His candidancy came at just the moment that a great number of Americans felt that the time had come for a change .

Son of a black father who cam from Kenya. Barack Obama senior was a brilliant economist and his mother white from Kansas in the traditional heartland of America (Stanley Ann Dunham). Hi father was from the Luo tribe had been raised under the muslim religion but had lapsed into atheism. His mother was  a chrisitian. From his grandmother (his mother’s mother, Barack has Cherokee blood.

Barack’s parents met in Honolulu whilst doing their studies and got married in 1960.

In 1963, Barack senior was accepted into the University of Harvard. In the sam year his parents separated and divorced. After his brilliant studies Barack senior left his family and went back to live in Kenya where he founded a new family. Barack junior wrote a book about this “ the Dreams from my Father: a story of race and inheritance”.

Barack Obama’s father went on to become a minister in the Kenyan government., where he was a well known economist in Jomo Kenyatta’s government, however he was often opposed to his President and was finally sacked and he sunk into a world of alcohol. He died in a car accident in 1982. Barack only saw his father one more time.

At the age of six, he followed his mother who was remarried with an Indonesian student (Lolo Soetoro), to Djakarta (Indonesia),  where he spent four years from 1967 à 1971 and where his half-sister was born. At the age of ten, he asked to live with his grand-parents in Hawaii in order to go to school at Punahou college. The school tended to be the reserve of an elite  American white.

His mother separated from Lolo Soetoro and his sister and mother joined him in Hawaiii. His Grandmother Madelyn Dunham (86 years old ) who brought him up died on the eve of his election on 3 November 2008. She had voted in advance and her dying hope was that her grandson could fulfil his ambition and become he who he has become.

Barack left school in 1979  and studied for two years at the Occidental school of California, before going to Columbia University in New York in 1981, where he graduated  He went to Chicago and got a job in an accountancy company. However his social conscious got the better of him and he left his job to work as a social worker.

He converted to the Christian religion and left his well paid job to work among the down and out in the poorest areas of Chicago. He took up the challenge against inequality, racial discrimination and the battle for the rights of Afro-American rights.

In 1988 he went to Harvard and came out with a doctorate in law with the mention “ magna cum laude”. From 1991 to 2005, Barack Obama worked as the joint manager of an important firm of lawyers  specialized in civic rights. During this time he was also joint editor of the famous Harvard law Review and a speaker in constitutional rights at the University of Chicago. In 1990 when he became the first editor of the Harvard Law Review he beat 18 other candidates for the post.

In 1992 he married Michelle Robinson, a fellow lawyer who he had met at the end of his studies. They have two daughters Malia Ann, born in 1999, and Natasha, born in 2001. Michelle Robinson-Obama, comes from a black working class family from the south side of Chicago. With qualifications from Princeton and Harvard, she is a brilliant lawyer responsible for, amongst other things, the community and external relations of the University hospital of Chicago. As an important and active member of the local democratic party, she has helped her husband get close to the politic ties of the Mayor’s office in Chicago and has worked hard on his election campaign.

The 1990’s herald Barack’s commitment to politics. In 1992 Barack Obama worked hard to support Bill Clinton’s election to the Presidence of the United States. Initially during the primaries and, then, in his campaign against George H.W. Bush. He also participated in the election for the senator of Illinois Carol Moseley-Braun.

Inspired by Gandhi’s struggles, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. He actively defends the rights of blacks, poor people, gays, students and the environment and more generally opposed to the moral order of the neo conservatives. He has involved himself in issues such as the death penalty, Aids, Abortion rights and social justice. IIn 1995 he published his autobiography En 1995, Dreams from My Fathers in which he tells us the story of his life from his childhood and the search for his father, of being of mixed race and being seen as a black by Whte America. His mother died in 1995 from a cancer in her ovaries.

Political Career:

Barack Obama began his political carrer in 1996 when he was elected in the 13th conscrition of Chicago (the poor parts of the South side and Hyde Park) to the senate of Illinois. He was named as president  of the health committee and worked hard to get a law passed that would give healthcare to those with little means in the state.  In 2000 he proposed his candidature to the Representatives Committee, however he lost against the ex Black Panther Bobby Rush. In 2003, he was one of the rare Americans to participate in the pacifist demonstrations against the war in Iraq. In July 2004, his charisma, his eloquence and the content of his speeches made him stand out from the America of George Bush and he was a star performer at the democratic convention which nominated John Kerry as candidate for the presidential elections of 2004. On the 2nd of November of the same year he was elected to become senator for Illinois in Congress.  With 70% of the vote over his republican adversary Barack Obama was elected and became the only Black member of the Senate and only the third one to ever have a place at he Senate

His political success enabled him to win a contract with an editor and he wrote three books, including "The Audacy of Hope” and “Thoughts of reclaiming the American Dream”.

As the republican analyst pointed out, one of Barack Obama’s talents has been to avoid taking up the racial issue as black against white. Throughout his career he has sought to identify his cause as defending the diversity and wealth of America, thereby identifying himself with John Kennedy.

Obama’s political campaign

Barack Obama declared that he was a candidate for the presidential investiture on 9 February 2008. On 3 June he was voted in to represent the Democratic party as their official candidate, beating Hilary Clinton and the rest of the field. The Clintons had fought tooth and nail to beat Obama and the campaign had often gotten out of had. Obama maintained an impressive dignity throughout his campaign against Hilary Clinton and it was this that won him the heart of the democrats – the underdog who had held true to his conventions.

He managed to rally round him persoanlities such as Warren Buffett, George Soros, the actors George Clooney, Matt Damon, Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Robert De Niro the actresses Halle Berry, Sophia Bush and Scarlett Johansson,  the rappers Nas, and, later, Colin Powell,  Toni Morrison,  Oprah Winfrey, John Kerry, Nicole Scherzinger.

Barack Obama went on to run his presidential election campaign by seeking to get everyone to work together, to encourage everyone rich or poor to give what they wished and what they could? Never has as much money been raised, never has a candidate refused national funding. With the internet battle won, with speeches spoken without notes and an army of supporters  the Barack machine made an inevitable march that resulted in the result of 4 November.

Joe Biden – vice President and the election.

Barack Obama chose Joe Biden as his running mate, the president for the commission on international affairs at the Senate and senator since 1972. The republicains under John McCain chose a governer from Alaska Sarah Palin as his vice President in the hope of winning over the Hilary Clinton voters. Unfortunately her inexperience, naïve behaviour and outspoken remarks proved to be negative. The financial crisis, McCain’s proximity to George W Bush and the relationship of the republican party with the capitalist system, which was called into issue with the recession and bankrupties of some of the biggest banks in the world.

Jeremiah Wright

The press, the republicans and, initially, his fellow democrats sought out whatever they could could to destablise him, be it accusations of having terrorist friends, racist partisans or being a muslim. A particular example of this was his friend reverend Wright whose anti-white remarks created scandal and whose anti jewish and anti white remarks risked eliminating Obama from the presidential race. Barack Obama rose to the challenge, he defended the man but condemned the remarks “ as imperfect as he may be, he has been like a family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated at my wedding and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic groups in derogatory trms or treat whites with whom he has interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him the contradiction the good and bad of the community that he has served diligently for so many years.


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