Barack Obama is most famous for being the first African American President of the United States.
Barack grew up in the state of Hawaii as well as Jakarta, a city in Indonesia. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was from Kansas while his father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born in Kenya, Africa. After his parents were divorced, his mother married a man from Indonesia and the family moved to Indonesia for a time. Later, Barack was raised by his grandparents in Hawaii. When he was a kid he went by the nickname "Barry".
Barack graduated from Columbia University in New York in 1983. After graduating, he had a few different jobs including working at the Developing Communities Project in Chicago, Illinois. He soon decided he wanted to become a lawyer and he entered Harvard Law School. Upon graduating in 1991, he began practicing law.
Before He Became President
In 1996 Barack decided to enter the world of politics. He ran for the Illinois State Senate and won. He served on the state senate until 2004 when he was elected to the United States Senate.
After three years of serving on the U.S Senate, Obama entered the 2008 presidential election. He had gained national recognition for being an excellent speaker and was very popular. His biggest hurdle would be defeating former First Lady and New York Senator Hillary Clinton in the democratic primaries.
Obama ended up defeating Hillary Clinton in the primaries and then republican candidate John McCain in the general election to become president. He was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.
Barack Obama's Presidency
Since Barack Obama's presidency is still ongoing, this section is still being written. So far his presidency has been a time of relative world peace, but a struggling economy. We've listed some of the events and accomplishments during his presidency below:
Iraq and Afghanistan Wars - These wars were currently ongoing when Obama became president. The Iraq War has gone fairly well since Obama became president and is now considered over with U.S. Troops returning home. The Afghanistan War has not fared as well. U.S casualties have grown with 2010 being the worst year of the war. However, Osama bin Laden was finally captured and killed on May 11, 2011.
U.S. Economy - There are various arguments on how the U.S. economy has fared under Obama's leadership. Obama has pushed for higher taxes, a larger federal government, and stimulus plans to get the economy moving. While some signs show improvement, the unemployment rate has risen and remains at near record highs.
Health Care Reform - Obama pushed for health care reform and signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. This law is intended to help poor people to be able to afford health insurance.
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill - On April 20, 2010 an accident on an oil rig caused a giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Tons of oil was released into the ocean for days on end. This oil contaminated much of the gulf and is considered to be one of the worst environmental disasters in world history.
At the time of this writing, Obama is currently in office serving his second term as president.
Fun Facts about Barack Obama
He likes to play basketball and is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are the Chicago Bears for football and the Chicago White Sox for baseball.
He has several half-siblings including a younger half-sister named Maya Soetoro-Ng.
He has made good money from writing books. In 2009 he made $5.5 million.
Barack can speak Indonesian and some Spanish.
He won a Grammy Award in 2006 for his voice on the audio book Dreams From My Father.
After working at a Baskin-Robbins as a teen, Barack no longer likes ice cream. Bummer!
He has read all the Harry Potter books.
While living in Indonesia he got to eat some interesting items including grasshoppers and snake meat. Yum!