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  • 1. Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency by: Jessica Solis B A R A C K O B A M A I S T H E 4 4 TH P R E S I D E N T O F T H E UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Photo: arack-obama-capitol.jpg
  • 2. Table of Contents  Barack Obama’s childhood  Barack Obama’s education  Obama’s personal life  Obama and Politics  Is elected President  1st year in office
  • 3. Barack Obama’s Childhood  Barack Obama was born in August 4, 1961 in Hawaii. His parents were Barack Obama Sr. from Kenya and Ann Dunham from Kansas. Obama Sr. and Dunham divorced when Barack was 2 years old. His mother later remarried and his half sister, Maya Soetoro Ng was born.  At the age of 10, Barack was sent to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents. Barack Obama only saw his father once after his parent’s divorce. His father died in a car accident in 1982. Obama with his mother. content/uploads/2008/11/barack-obama-baby.gif
  • 4. Barack Obama’s Education  Obama graduated from with honors from Punahou Academy in 1979.  After high school, he went to Occidental College in Los Angeles for 2 years. He transferred to Columbia University in New York and graduated in 1983 with a political science degree.  Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991.  He began to work as a civil rights lawyer and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School.
  • 5. Obama’s Personal Life  Barack Obama met Michele Obama in 1989. She was Obama’s advisor during an internship at the firm she was working form. They began dating. In 1996 Michele and Barack married and resides in South Chicago. They have 2 girls, Malia and Sasha.  Obama has also written Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. Photo: 08/01-07/barack-obama-family_434x369.jpg
  • 6. Obama and Politics  Obama helped organize voters for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential election.  Obama won the election for Illinois State Senate in 1996.  In 2000 Obama was unsuccessful in gaining the House of Representatives seat held by Bobby Rush.  Obama started to plan and raise money to run in the 2004 US Senate.
  • 7. Obama and Politics-Cont.  “I am not opposed to all wars. I am opposed to dumb wars.” Barack Obama After September 11th, Obama (who was still a state senator) was opposed to the war with Iraq. The war still began in 2003.  Obama was the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic Convention supporting John Kerry. This is where many people took notice of the future president.  Obama won the US Senate seat in 2004 with the largest electoral vote in Illinois history.  In 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
  • 8. Obama is elected President  On November 4, 2008 Barack Obama was the first African American elected as the President of the United States of America. The Vice President is Joe Biden. This was a day that will down in history. Over 125,000 people jammed Grant Park in Chicago to hear Obama address the nation as the newly elected president. Photo: fximage/2008/11/05/470obama_wi deweb__470x309,0.jpg
  • 9. Obama’s 1st year in office  President Obama was sworn into office on January 20, 2008. When Obama took office, the country was in financial turmoil. He signed for a $787 billion stimulus.  He has been trying to remodel America’s global role. President Obama also received the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10 2009.  He proposed the 2010 budget which included $17 billion of cuts.  On December 24, 2009, the Senate passes Obama’s health care bill to extend health insurance to 30 million more Americans.
  • 10. Now It’s Quiz Time! 1. Obama has won everything he has run for. True False
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  • 13. 2. Obama graduated from ______ law school. A. Princeton B. Harvard C. Stanford
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  • 16. 3. Obama was opposed to the war in Iraq. True False
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  • 19. 4. Obama was the keynote speaker at the Democratic Convention supporting. A. John Kerry B. Bill Clinton C. Hilary Clinton
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  • 22. 5. Obama does not believe in health care. True False
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  • 25. Hope you have enjoyed learning about President Barack Obama. Check out these websites to learn more: *Some images used were from clipart.