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Barack Obama Biography

Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother Ann Dunham was an American anthropologist, white, while his father was a Kenyan, black, so Obama is biracial. When Obama was 2, his parents divorced and then his mother remarried Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian student. At six, his new family moved to Indonesia. Out of concern for him, his mother sent him back to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents when he was 10 years old. Living in the white community, Obama began to sense that he was different from others, which had planted seeds of antiracism in his mind. His experiences of various cultures laid a basis for the formation of his world view and values. In 1971, Obama attended a private school called Punahou School. Believe it or not, someone claimed to have found Obama’s graffiti on the wall when he was a student. It read: “King is Obama!” Eight years later, he went to Los Angeles for another two years’ study. And then he was admitted to Columbia University and graduated from it in 1983 with a degree in political science. When he was in Columbia University, he learned from his aunt that his father had been killed in a car accident, which at one time caused him great pain. In 1988, he entered famous Harvard Law School, which could to some extent explain his overwhelming eloquence. In his second year of law school, Obama was elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. As the first African American to be elected to the

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position in the Review’s 104-year history, this young man was confident of his promising future. After law school, he had a succession of jobs, such as lawyer, attorney and lecturer, from which he got much experience. As an ambitious man, he had been trying to play a role on political arena. After having served three terms in the Illinois Senate, he succeeded in Democratic primary is March 2004 and in November 2004 he was elected as a senator in the US Congress. And finally, in 2008 he ended up with being elected as the 44th president of the United States. After he came into power, he has been urged to withdraw troops from Iraq, and increase troop levels in Afghanistan. He has also contributed a lot in arms control. Thus he was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Apart from his political achievements, Obama was an amateur writer. He was highly praised by Toni Morrison, a famous African-American novelist, for his autobiography Dreams from My Father published in 1995. His second book, The Audacity of Hope, was published in October 2006. It became an instant bestseller shortly after its release. Besides, he is a good husband and good father. His wife is Michelle Obama. Their two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha are both lovely and pretty. Obama took office on a slogan of change and was supported by masses of people at first,especially the young. However, because of the stagnant economic growth and the stubbornly high employment rate, the confidence of the American people has been on the decline.


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