Barack Obama is our 44th and current President of the United States of America. He was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii to his mother Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Sr. While attending the University of Hawaii in Manoa, Barack Sr. met fellow student Ann Dunham and they were married soon married with Barack being born just six months later in August. After some familial issues after his parents divorced, Barack was sent back to Hawaii after a stint in Indonesia to live with his maternal grandparents. His mother and younger sister later joined them. Finally settled, Obama enrolled in the highly-regarded Punahou Academy where he excelled in academics as well as basketball. Being one of the only African-American students at the Academy, Barack became aware of racism what his lineage meant in who he was as a person. Like many children that grow up with the absence of a father, Obama only saw his father for one brief period when he was ten years old. A decade later, Obama Sr. was involved in a serious car accident where he lost both of his legs and just another year later as involved in a second car crash in Nairobi that proved fatal.
After high school in Hawaii, Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years before transferring to Columbia University in New York City. He graduated in 1983 with a degree in political science. Working in the private sector for two years did not satiate his desire for bigger things so he took off for Chicago in 1985 where he worked on the South Side as a community organizer for low-income residents in the nearby communities. Although Obama was not raised in a religious household he joined the Trinity United Church of Christ. While visiting relatives in Kenya, Barack had a sincere emotional journey visiting the graves of both his biological and paternal grandfather. With a renewed sense of vigilance, Barack returned to the United States and entered Harvard Law School in 1988. It was just a year later that Obama meant a young associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin named Michelle Robinson. After a summer of being assigned to Barack’s adviser during a summer internship at her firm, the young couple started dating. Obama was elected the very first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review before graduating magna cum laude in 1991.
Upon returning to Chicago to practice as a civil rights attorney he joined the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. While practicing he also taught part-time at the University of Chicago Law School. He was instrumental in Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign organizing voter registration drives during the election. On October 3, 1992 Barack and Michelle were married and moved to Kenwood on Chicago’s South Side. They have two daughters; Malia born in 1998 and Sasha born in 2001. Obama’s tireless advocacy work led up to a successful run for a seat in the Illinois State Senate running as a Democrat and winning election in 1996. Obama was a rising star of the Illinois politics scene and achieved a great deal for the Land of Lincoln in his tenure. While Obama made an unsuccessful Democratic bid for the U.S. House of Representatives seat. Despite the loss, Barack created a committee in 2002 in preparation for a 2004 Senate run and eventual win.
By early 2007 the young upstart from Illinois made headlines across the globe when he announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Obama beat out war veteran John McCain to become our 44th President and has since been reelected for a second term.