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Barack Obama

  1. 1. Barack Obama The American Dream in Action
  2. 2. Father <ul><li>Barack Obama, Sr., was born of Luo ethnicity in Nyanza Province, Kenya. </li></ul><ul><li>He grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mother <ul><li>Ann Dunham, grew up in Wichita, Kansas. </li></ul><ul><li>Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression. </li></ul><ul><li>He signed up for service in World War II  </li></ul><ul><li>Dunham’s mother went to work on a bomber assembly line. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Barack Hussein Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. 5. Early Life
  6. 6. <ul><li>Parents separated before he was born, and Obama moved to Hawaii with his mother </li></ul><ul><li>When he was six Obama’s mother remarried an Indonesian oil manager and they moved to Jakarta </li></ul><ul><li>Attended a school where classes were taught in the Indonesian language </li></ul><ul><li>Obama’s half sister was born there </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Later returned to Hawaii and was raised largely by his grandparents, who were an insurance agents and a furniture salesman. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>He was enrolled in the fifth grade at the esteemed Punahou Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Graduated with honors in 1979 </li></ul><ul><li>He was only one of three black students at the school </li></ul>
  9. 9. The only time his father visited was when Barack was in 5 th grade.
  10. 10. College <ul><li>Studied at  Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years </li></ul><ul><li>Transferred to Columbia University in New York, and Graduated in 1983 with a degree in political science. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Spent four years as a community organizer in Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>After four years returned to college at Harvard </li></ul><ul><li>Became first black president of the Harvard Review </li></ul><ul><li>Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Marriage <ul><li>Met Michelle Robinson, a fellow Harvard graduate in 1988 </li></ul><ul><li>Married in 1992 </li></ul>
  13. 13. After College <ul><li>Returned to Chicago and worked a civil rights lawyer </li></ul><ul><li>Taught at the University of Chicago Law School. </li></ul><ul><li>Helped organize voter registration drives during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Senator <ul><li>Ran and won for Illinois State Senate seat in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Served as chairman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee. </li></ul><ul><li>After serving eight years, was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate </li></ul>
  15. 15. Keynote Speech <ul><li>Chosen to deliver a keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention </li></ul><ul><li>Increased status and popularity </li></ul>
  16. 16. Author Extraordinaire <ul><li>Dreams from My Father , published in 1995 is a memoir of his youth and early career. </li></ul><ul><li>Won a Grammy for the Audiobook </li></ul><ul><li>The Audacity of Hope , published in 2006 </li></ul>
  17. 17. Father Extraordinaire <ul><li>Has two daughters Malai (10) and Sasha (7) </li></ul><ul><li>They get $1 allowance a week </li></ul>
  18. 18. Presidential Beginning <ul><li>Ran for President of the U.S. against Senator John McCain in the 2008 election </li></ul><ul><li>Won by 192 electoral votes </li></ul><ul><li>First African American elected President </li></ul>
  19. 19. Fun Facts
  20. 20. <ul><li>He was known as &quot;O'Bomber&quot; at high school for his skill at basketball </li></ul><ul><li>He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes </li></ul><ul><li>His specialty dish, &quot;I cook mean Chili.“ </li></ul><ul><li>He collects Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian comics. </li></ul><ul><li>He has Jay Z and Ludacris on his iPod </li></ul><ul><li>He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager. Now he can’t stand ice cream </li></ul><ul><li>He likes Beyonce’s song, “Single Ladies” </li></ul><ul><li>He can’t grow facial hair, only whiskers </li></ul>

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