Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He is currently serving his second term as President. Barack Obama is the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. Obama is a member of the Democratic Party. He was first elected in 2008 after a close race with Hilary Clinton. He was re-elected for a second time in 2012. Obama previously served as U.S Senator from Illinois.
Early Life of President Barack Obama
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Barack Obama was born to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. His mother was of English ancestry. Barack Obama Sr. was from the Luo tribe in Kenya. Barack Obama’s father was a foreign student on scholarship. His parents divorced in 1964 and her mother remarried. His family moved to Indonesia with his step-father Lolo Soetoro. He met his biological father one last time when he came to visit him in 1971. He came back to live with his grandparents in Hawaii. Obama has a younger half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng. As a child, Barack Obama was a member of the “choom gang”. He used to smoke Marijuana with his friends. He used to drink alcohol and use cocaine too. He said that he did those things to “push questions of who I was out of my mind“. In 1981 he transferred to Columbia College, Columbia University in New York. Barack Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988. He graduated with a J.D from Harvard in 1991. After that, he moved to Chicago. In 1996 Barack Obama was selected to the Illinois Senate. He officially announced his U.S. Senate campaign on 2003. He was opposed to George W. Bush’s War of Iraq. He became the U.S Senator from Illinois with a 70% vote in 2004.
On February 10, 2007, Barack Obama announced his Presidential Campaign. Obama emphasized issues like quickly ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and reforming the health care system. Barack Obama was elected President of the United States in 2008. He became the first African-American to hold the Position. He also became the first president from Hawaii. After becoming the new President he started to withdraw soldiers from Iraq. In 2012, Barack Obama was re-elected as president with 51% of the popular vote.
Barack Obama married Michelle Obama in 1992. The couple has two daughters Sasha and Malia. He tried to quit smoking several times but failed. In 2010 Michelle Obama stated he has finally quit smoking. Barack Obama is a devout Christian despite the name Islamic name Hussein. The name Hussein was passed down from his paternal grandfather. Only the name was passed down not the religion.
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