The amount of opportunities open to all different races, genders, etc. are directly related to the obstacle Barack Obama overcame by becoming the first African American president. Many people now have more hope in making their dreams come true.
“ I think the American people, over time, will recognize that it is better for us to stick to who we are, even when we're taking on an unscrupulous enemy” (Obama)
For the first two years of his life, Obama lived in Hawaii with his parents
When he turned two years old, his parents separated and later divorced
He then moved to Indonesia with his mother and her new husband, Lolo Soetoro .
In 1972, he returned to Honolulu to live with his grandparents and attended a private college prep school, from the fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979.
From ages six to
schools in Jakarta
“ You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig.” (Obama)
During Obama’s teenage years, he began to develop a close relationship with drugs and alcohol.
By his senior year, he was drinking beer, smoking marijuana, and tried a few rows of cocaine.
“ When I was a kid, I inhaled.” (Obama)
Up until this point, he had been a straight B student. His grades quickly dropped.
His reasoning for resisting heroin was because it seemed to him that his supplier was a little too enthusiastic about
the drug and he became suspicious.
Following high school,
he moved to Los Angeles
in 1979 to attend
After two years he
transferred in 1981 to
in New York City, where he
majored in political science and graduated with a B.A. in 1983
Barack Obama Sr. saw his son only once more before dying in an automobile accident in 1982
“ Change has come to America.” (Obama)
He worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988.
He entered Harvard Law in 1988 graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1991
"I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story that I owe a debt to all those who came before me and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible." (Obama)
He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree
He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004
Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004
Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, Obama ran for United States Senate in 2004 and won. This raised his visibility
44 th and current
president of the
First African American
president in the United
Vice President: Joe Biden
Assumed office January 20, 2009
“ Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.” (Obama)
Married to Michelle Obama
Two daughters: Malia Ann (11) and Natasha “Sasha” (8)
family is his main support
His wife suggested he quit smoking before his
campaign to win the Democratic nomination
“ Words do inspire.” (Obama)
Impact in 100 days
During his first 100 days of being president, Barack Obama has already gotten to work
The rate of unemployment is reducing
Much of the populist rage against the bailout stems from the perception that banks are being helped
“ I'd give Obama high grades for facing up to the economic situation," (Jim Horney)
Obama’s Stance on Education
Stresses a great emphasis on the importance of education for all children
"Zero to Five" plan - places key emphasis at early care and education for infants, which is essential for children to be ready to enter kindergarten
goal to increase students taking AP or college-level classes nationwide 50 percent by 2016
support transitional bilingual education
Believes that teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests
New Energy for America Plan
Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars -- cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon -- on the road by 2015
Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012
Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined Provide short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump
Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future
On the Other Side
Some people are not as fond of President Obama as others
A common complaint is the raise in taxes (especially people in orange county)
"Obama's gambled a lot that this kind of spending is going to reinvigorate the economy," (Allan Lichtman)
His name means "one who is blessed" in Swahili
He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father
He is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed
He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can't stand ice cream
He can speak Spanish
He promised Mrs. Obama he would quit smoking before running for president – he didn't
He was known as Barry
He made $4.2 million last year
He took his wife to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date
He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker
He doesn't drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol
Barack Obama has made history by conquering the task of becoming the first African American president. Obama remains to be popular and well liked so far in his presidency career, but still has a long time to make a lasting impression.
Works cited I
Obama, Barack. Dreams from my father a story of race and inheritance . New York: Three Rivers P, 2004.
"Barack Obama Elected President." Global Consciousness Project -- consciousness, group consciousness, mind . 30 Apr. 2009 <http://noosphere.princeton.edu/obama.elected.html>.
Klien, Joe. "The Full Obama Interview." Time 23 Oct. 2008: 1-2.
"Media." University of Chicago Law School . 30 Apr. 2009 <http://www.law.uchicago.edu/media/index.html>.
Works Cited II
"Barack Obama and John McCain on Nuclear Security Issues | CNS Feature Stories |." James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) . 01 May 2009 <http://cns.miis.edu/stories/080925_obamamacain.htm>.
Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream . New York: Three Rivers P, 2007.