The individual is married or in a long-term committed relationship; is (very) satisfied with partner and reports little or no conflict; no records of desertion, divorce, or spouse abuse in court files.
Success of Marriage
Barack H. Obama and Michelle L. Robinson wed in October of 1992 after Obama’s persistent courtship
Obama’s pursuit toward a positive relationship with Michelle has required a large commitment and has survived rigorous career demands that resulted from past occupancy of U.S. Senate seat and now his current role of presidency
February 2011 Associated Press reported Michelle credits 19 yrs of long marital success to Obama’s “romantic nature, fun personality, attention to detail, and memory of important dates”
The individual evaluates children (very) positively; is (very) satisfied with parental role; no record of child abuse or delinquent child support payments in court files
Barack has two young children; Malia 12yrs and Sasha 9yrs and believes his life changed for the better at their birth.
Regarded as a devoted family man, in a letter written to his daughters Obama admits realization that his own life “would not count for much unless I was able to ensure that you [two] had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours.”
Record of abuse, neglect, or malnourishment is non existent as Obama has a supportive, positive and active role in the lives of his children
The individual evaluates father mother, and siblings positively; reports little or no conflict with them
Obama’s self discovery would not have been possible without the influential roles of his parents and siblings
Mother – Stanley Ann
Father – Barack Obama Sr.
Stepfather – Lolo
Grandmother/Grandfather – Toot/Gramps
Sister – Auma,
Brothers – Roy, Bernard, David, George, Mark
Key Definitive Relationships
Obama’s deep connection with his mother extended from childhood through adult age maintaining it’s importance. Her lessons and judgments will always be constant as her memory exist in Obama’s heart for a lifetime . Although Obama struggled with the absence of his father for the majority of his childhood to adolescence, it is in his adulthood he comes to peace with his father’s memory and realizes that “you can’t spend your whole life fighting ghosts”.
Toot and Gramps were supplemental in Obama’s upbringing and as illustrated in Dreams of my Father, he maintained a very close bond with the two.
As Obama transitioned into adulthood Auma and he began communication after the death of their father. Auma is perceived to be the catalyst in Obama’s self discovery which peaked in Kenya.
The individual has several close friends who provide emotional support when needed; is (very) satisfied with the relationship; no record of assault, battery, rape, or other criminal offenses in court files
Obama received beneficial support resulting from meaningful relationships developed with friends as part of his time spent in college and in Chicago in addition to throughout his political career.
In present day, several of Obama’s top advisors and cabinet members are longtime friends and close associates who offer professional expertise but also can function to aid Obama in times of personal need
Obama recounts a delightful game of golf he had over Christmas 2009 that included longtime pals from Hawaii – Greg Orme, Bobby Titcombe and Mike Ramos.
Self Assessment: Satisfied with Present State of Life
Werner & Smith (2001)
The individual is (very) happy or mostly satisfied with present state of life; reports no dependency on alcohol or drugs; no psychosomatic illnesses; no record of psychiatric disorders in Mental Health Registry
In reflection of Obama’s merit, an array of factors are present all which can constitute for an overall satisfaction with present-state of life
Prophecy of Obama’s ability to break racial barriers was demonstrated when he became the first African-American President of the Harvard Law Review
Pre-presidency, Obama’s grassroots efforts marked unprecedented response among the nation and is regarded in history as the most far-reaching campaign structure ever devised
Post-presidency, Obama has overcome monumental obstacles in regard to the U.S. budget and reinvigorated bi-partisan politics to pass on March 23, 2010 the single most important legislation ( Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ) since the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935 .
Obama’s mental and physical state of health are observed to be in good quality
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