Barack Obama Biography

Barack Obama has impressed all with his clarity of thought and impressive vision. But do you know that he has always been an achiever? With this biography get to learn more about him and his life
| Monday, November 17, 2008
Barack Obama was born on 4th August 1961 to a black individual of Kenyan origin, Barack Obama Sr. and a white American woman, Ann Dunham in Hawaii. His parents were college students in the University of Hawaii. His mother was originally from Kansas and his father from Kenya. Eventually his father went to Harvard and he stayed back in Hawaii with his mother. His parents got divorced and his father left for Kenya to work as a government economist.  His mother then married an oil manager of Indonesian origin and eventually shifted to Jakarta with Barack when he was six.  Growing up in Indonesia was an enriching experience for Barack but he also found the poverty rather harrowing.

Eventually Barack returned to Hawaii and here he was brought up by his grandparents. While he stayed in Hawaii Barack lived with his family in a small apartment. His grandfather worked as a furniture salesman and an insurance agent though he was rather unsuccessful as an agent. His grandmother worked with a bank. Barack eventually managed to gain entrance into Hawaii’s top academy, Punahou School. His father communicated with Barack on a regular basis even though he met his son only once when he was ten. Barack went on to attend the Columbia University but the racial tension in New York had a deep impact on him. After this for three years he worked in the capacity of a community organiser for a church based group in Chicago and helped the South Side residents cope up with the problem of plant closings.

When Barack chose to apply for Harvard law school he did not indicate his race on the application form. He eventually attended the Harvard Law school and became the first African American editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review in 1990. In 1991 he had completed his law degree. He refused the offer of a prestigious judicial clerkship and instead chose to practice civil rights law in Chicago. He represented the housing and employment discrimination victims and also worked on voting rights legislation. He also took up a teaching post with the Chicago Law School. Eventually he ran for the state senate seat as a Democrat from Hyde Park and other poor ghettos around South Side and won it. In 1992 he married Michelle whom he had met while they worked for the same law firm.

Barack Obama wrote a book titled "Dreams from My Father" and this is his account of his youth and the early days in his career. The audio book edition won Barack a Grammy for the Best Spoken Word Album. Obama was elected to the U.S Senate in 2004 as a Democrat. He represented Illinois and immediately caught the attention and imagination of the nation with his speech in Boston at the Democratic National Convention. Barack Obama also served as the chairman of Public Health and Welfare Committee while with the Illinois State Senate. In December 2004 Barack agreed to write three more books and signed a contract for this agreement. The first book in this series titled "The Audacity of Hope" was published in 2006 and was a Times Best Seller. Finally he ran for the post of President of United States in 2008 as a Democrat and won the same. He will be the first African American to become the president of United States and the 44th President of his country.
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