Barack Hussein Obama Born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Barack H. Obama is the 44thPresident of the United States.
He was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was a black man (also named Barack Hussein Obama) born in Africa and his mother was a white woman born in Kansas. Obamas father and his mother separated and divorced when Obama was a young child. His mother remarried in 1967 when Obama was 6 years old to a man named Lolo Soetoro. His family moved to Soetoros home country which was Indonesia. Obama lived there until he was 10 years old when he returned to live in Hawaii with his maternal grandparents who raised him from then on.
Obama moved to Los Angeles for college. After two years he transferred to Columbia University in NYC. Obama graduated from Columbia in 1983. Obama then moved to Chicago where he worked as a community organizer for three years until the age of 27 when he moved to Massachusetts so that he could attend Harvard Law School. In 1990, during his second year, he was elected President of the Harvard Law Review. He was the first black person elected President of the Harvard Law Review.
This remarkable feat was widely reported upon. He graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1991. He moved back to Chicago at that time and married Michelle Robinson in 1992. They have had two daughters, the first Malia Ann was born in 1998 and the second Natasha was born in 2001. Obama began teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School in 1992 and continued doing so for 12 years.
During this time he also directed the Illnois Project Vote which registered 150,000 African Americans in the state. In 1996 Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate. While a State Senator Obama was able to gain support for ethics reform and health care laws. Obama re- elected twice and held the position until he was elected as one of Illinois two US Senators in 2004. In 2000 Obama unsuccessfully ran for congress. He lost in the primary to Bobby Rush who is an African American Democrat who has been a congressman since 1993.
He is still in the House today. Despite being rivals in 2000, Rush has supported Obama in his campaign for the Senate in 2004 and in his campaign for the Presidency in 2008. In 2004 Obama easily defeated Republican Alan Keyes to become a US Senator. In fact his 70 percent to 27 percent defeat of Keyes set the all time record for margin of victory in a statewide election in Illinois.
The election between Obama & Keyes was also noteworthy as it was the first Senatorial election in US history in which the two major candidates were both African Americans. During that 2004 campaign Obama was selected to be the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention and the speech is considered by most to be responsible launching his national political career. His speech was so well received that he was immediately considered to be a rising star in the Democratic party. On February 10, 2007 Obama announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic nomination. At the time Hillary Clinton was considered a huge favorite to win the nomination.
The race for the Democratic primary became a battle between Obama & Clinton as the other challengers quickly fell by the wayside. The battle continued on into June as Clinton would not give in until the very end despite Obamas clear mathematical advantage beginning in February. In the general election Obama selected Joe Biden as his Vice Presidential running mate and they faced Republican John McCain who made a huge mistake by selecting the unqualified Sarah Palin as his running mate.
On November 4th Obama easily defeated McCain became the first black person (biracial to be more accurate) to be elected as President of the United States. Barack Obama is scheduled to become the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. The most forward thinking American President in generations. A uniter. A breath of fresh air after 8 years of President Bush
The smartest man to inhabit the White House. A socialist. An elitist, Harvard educated lawyer who is out of touch with mainstream America. An inexperienced politician who lucked into the right place at the right time. The biggest supporter of federal government spending since Roosevelt.
Legislative prowess- Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Fiscal Responsibility- he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression- He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection- Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination -He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Fighting Poverty- He provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad- He improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. Better Approach to “Defense”- Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.
Education- He has repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. Greater Transparency and Better Government- He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. National Safety and SecurityHas repeatedly beefed up border security
Science, Technology and Health Care- Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. Environment and Energy- He fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards.
Transformational-charismatic New President Barack Obama has gotten the attention of Americans and foreigners alike due to his charismatic nature. A charismatic leader has an uncanny ability to draw others to his side and move them to accomplish a cause bigger than themselves. A charismatic approach is transformational if it invokes a permanent change in the people who embrace the leaders vision.
Cross-cultural Leadership- Under the Bush Administration, Americas image lost much of its shine. This was mostly due to a unilateral, ethnocentric foreign policy espoused by Bush and Cheney. While not taking Americas safety needs for granted, Obama has formulated a more cross-cultural approach to the world, thinking not only of the USs interests but also the interests of the other nations as well.- In In the first six months on the job, Obama has traveled abroad more than any other president at this point of his administration and has paid attention to cultural norms in the places where he traveled.
Contingency Leadership- Not only has Obama been culturally sensitive and transformational, he has been able to respond to various situations using different types of leadership models. When traveling abroad Obama has been conciliatory, humble and apt to listen before speaking.
Obama began his presidency with a 68 percent approval rating before gradually declining for the rest of the year, and eventually bottoming out at 41 percent in August 2010. On October 9, 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that Obama had won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize"for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"
Obama was rated as the most respected world leader, as well as the most powerful. President Obamas years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents.
he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the worlds most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online. Obama was rated as the most popular world leader, as well as the one figure most people would pin their hopes on for pulling the world out of the economic downturn.