President Barack Obama


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President Barack Obama

  1. 1. President Barack Obama Lexi Yudin Period 1 English II IDEA Mr. Mooney May 1, 2009 <ul><li>“ There's not a liberal America </li></ul><ul><li>and a conservative America </li></ul><ul><li>there's the United States </li></ul><ul><li>of America.” (Obama) </li></ul>
  2. 2. Thesis <ul><li>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. </li></ul>“ 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)
  3. 3. Background Information <ul><li>Full Name: Barack Hussein Obama </li></ul><ul><li>Birthdate: August 4, 1961 </li></ul><ul><li>Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii </li></ul><ul><li>Mother: Ann Dunham </li></ul><ul><li>Father: Barack Obama Sr. </li></ul><ul><li>Education: Occidental College, Columbia College, Harvard Law </li></ul>
  4. 4. Childhood <ul><li>For the first two years of his life, Obama lived in Hawaii with his parents </li></ul><ul><li>When he turned two years old, his parents separated and later divorced </li></ul><ul><li>He then moved to Indonesia with his mother and her new husband, Lolo Soetoro . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Childhood <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>From ages six to </li></ul><ul><li>ten, Obama </li></ul><ul><li>attended local </li></ul><ul><li>schools in Jakarta </li></ul><ul><li>“ You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig.” (Obama) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Drug Addiction <ul><li>During Obama’s teenage years, he began to develop a close relationship with drugs and alcohol. </li></ul><ul><li>By his senior year, he was drinking beer, smoking marijuana, and tried a few rows of cocaine. </li></ul>“ When I was a kid, I inhaled.” (Obama) <ul><li>Up until this point, he had been a straight B student. His grades quickly dropped. </li></ul><ul><li>His reasoning for resisting heroin was because it seemed to him that his supplier was a little too enthusiastic about </li></ul>the drug and he became suspicious.
  7. 7. Adulthood <ul><li>Following high school, </li></ul><ul><li>he moved to Los Angeles </li></ul><ul><li>in 1979 to attend </li></ul><ul><li>Occidental College. </li></ul><ul><li>After two years he </li></ul><ul><li>transferred in 1981 to </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia University </li></ul><ul><li>in New York City, where he </li></ul><ul><li>majored in political science and graduated with a B.A. in 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>Barack Obama Sr. saw his son only once more before dying in an automobile accident in 1982 </li></ul>“ Change has come to America.” (Obama)
  8. 8. Adulthood <ul><li>He worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988. </li></ul><ul><li>He entered Harvard Law in 1988 graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1991 </li></ul>&quot;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.&quot; (Obama)
  9. 9. After College <ul><li>He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Current Information <ul><li>44 th and current </li></ul><ul><li>president of the </li></ul><ul><li>United States </li></ul><ul><li>First African American </li></ul><ul><li>president in the United </li></ul><ul><li>States </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic Party </li></ul><ul><li>Vice President: Joe Biden </li></ul><ul><li>Assumed office January 20, 2009 </li></ul>“ Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.” (Obama)
  11. 11. Obama Family <ul><li>Married to Michelle Obama </li></ul><ul><li>Two daughters: Malia Ann (11) and Natasha “Sasha” (8) </li></ul><ul><li>President Obama’s </li></ul><ul><li>family is his main support </li></ul><ul><li>His wife suggested he quit smoking before his </li></ul><ul><li>campaign to win the Democratic nomination </li></ul>“ Words do inspire.” (Obama)
  12. 12. Impact in 100 days <ul><li>During his first 100 days of being president, Barack Obama has already gotten to work </li></ul><ul><li>The rate of unemployment is reducing </li></ul><ul><li>Much of the populist rage against the bailout stems from the perception that banks are being helped </li></ul>“ I'd give Obama high grades for facing up to the economic situation,&quot; (Jim Horney)
  13. 13. Obama’s Stance on Education <ul><li>Stresses a great emphasis on the importance of education for all children </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Zero to Five&quot; plan - places key emphasis at early care and education for infants, which is essential for children to be ready to enter kindergarten </li></ul><ul><li>goal to increase students taking AP or college-level classes nationwide 50 percent by 2016 </li></ul><ul><li>support transitional bilingual education </li></ul><ul><li>Believes that teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests </li></ul>
  14. 14. New Energy for America Plan <ul><li>Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars -- cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon -- on the road by 2015 </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  15. 15. On the Other Side <ul><li>Some people are not as fond of President Obama as others </li></ul><ul><li>A common complaint is the raise in taxes (especially people in orange county) </li></ul>&quot;Obama's gambled a lot that this kind of spending is going to reinvigorate the economy,&quot; (Allan Lichtman)
  16. 16. Interesting Facts <ul><li>His name means &quot;one who is blessed&quot; in Swahili </li></ul><ul><li>He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father </li></ul><ul><li>He is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed </li></ul><ul><li>He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can't stand ice cream </li></ul><ul><li>He can speak Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>He promised Mrs. Obama he would quit smoking before running for president – he didn't </li></ul><ul><li>He was known as Barry </li></ul><ul><li>He made $4.2 million last year </li></ul><ul><li>He took his wife to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date </li></ul><ul><li>He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker </li></ul><ul><li>He doesn't drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol </li></ul>
  17. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Questions?
  19. 19. Works cited I <ul><li>Obama, Barack. Dreams from my father a story of race and inheritance . New York: Three Rivers P, 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Barack Obama Elected President.&quot; Global Consciousness Project -- consciousness, group consciousness, mind . 30 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>Klien, Joe. &quot;The Full Obama Interview.&quot; Time 23 Oct. 2008: 1-2. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Media.&quot; University of Chicago Law School . 30 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Works Cited II <ul><li>&quot;Barack Obama and John McCain on Nuclear Security Issues | CNS Feature Stories |.&quot; James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) . 01 May 2009 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream . New York: Three Rivers P, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Why Barack Obama's 'smart' policies aren't.&quot; The Bowdoin Orient . 30 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul>