On August 4, 1961, Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, to Ann Dunham from Kansas and Barack Obama, Sr. from Kenya. Obama is the 44th President of the United States. From January 2005 until November 2008, he served as the Senator from Illinois and resigned after being elected as President of the United States. He has a special place in history as he is the first African-American who has been elected to the White House.
When recalling his childhood years, Obama said that his father looked different compared to the people that surrounded him. His father was black while his mother was milky white. This resulted to his inner struggles when he was a teenager in reconciling the perceptions of society about his multicultural heritage. He admitted that he once used cocaine, marijuana and alcohol when he was a teenager in order to forget about the problems and questions brought about by his birthright. He considered that stage as the greatest moral disappointment in his life.
After graduating from high school in 1979, Obama attended Occidental College in Los Angeles. In the later part of 1981, he traveled to New York City to study at the Columbia University where he had political science as his major specializing in international relations.
Obama had several jobs before he embarked on his political career in 1996. Even as a student, he was already active in community organizations and worked as a civil rights attorney after graduating from Harvard where he was president of the Harvard Law Review.
While holding office as president, Obama was known for the following highlights during his term:
1. In February 2009, he signed the economic stimulus legislation known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
2. On October 8, 2009, he earned the name Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
3. In March 2010, he signed a piece of legislation for health care reform, from Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to law.
4. When it comes to foreign policy, he signed the treaty with Russia for arms reduction, started the gradual process of withdrawing troops from Iraq and increasing troop levels in Afghanistan.
Personal and Family Life
During an interview in 2006, Obama brought the diversity of his extended family into light. He even said that his family is like a mini-United Nations because some of his relatives looked like Margaret Thatcher while others looked like Bernie Mac. He has a half-sister from his mother and seven half-siblings from the family of his Kenyan father.
In his youth, Obama was called Barry. But during his college years, he asked to be called by the name Barack. He plays basketball and was a member of the varsity team in high school. He is a very big fan of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears in the NFL and the Pittsburg Steelers.
He met Michelle Robinson in June 1989 and they got married on October 3, 1992. They are gifted with two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha, and they have a pet named BO, a Portuguese water dog.