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Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States, formerly the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois.  

Early Years

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British.

Barack's mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression,and then signed up for World War II after Pearl Harbor, where he marched across Europe in Patton's army. Her mother went to work on a bomber assembly line, and after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill,bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii.

It was there, at the University of Hawaii,where Barack's parents met. His mother was a student there, and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams in America.

Barack's father eventually returned to Kenya,and Barack grew up with his mother in Hawaii, and for a few years in Indonesia. Later, he moved to New York, where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983.

The College Years

Remembering the values of empathy and service that his mother taught him, Barack put law school and corporate life on hold after college and moved to Chicago in 1985, where he became a community organizer with a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment.

The group had some success, but Barack had come to realize that in order to truly improve the lives of people in that community and other communities, it would take not just a change at the local level, but a change in our laws and in our politics.

He went on to earn his law degree from Harvard in 1991, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. Finally, his advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 2004, he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Political Career

It has beenthe rich and varied experiences of Barack Obama's life - growing up indifferent places with people who had differing ideas - that have animated his political journey. Amid the partisanship and bickering oftoday's public debate, he still believes in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose - a politics that puts solving the challenges of everyday Americans ahead of partisan calculation and political gain.

In the Illinois State Senate, this meant working with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit,which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. He also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.

In the U.S. Senate, he has focused on tackling the challenges of a globalized, 21st century world with fresh thinking and a politics that no longer settles for the lowest common denominator. His first law was passed with Republican Tom Coburn, a measure to rebuild trust in government by allowing every American to go online and see how and where every dime of their tax dollars is spent. He has also been the lead voice in championing ethics reform that woul droot out Jack Abramoff-style corruption in Congress.

As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee,Senator Obama has fought to help Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised, while working to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who will need care after Iraq and Afghanistan. Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of massd estruction, he traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world. And knowing the threat we face to our economy and our security from America's addiction to oil, he's working to bring auto companies, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards in our cars.

Whether it's the poverty exposed by Katrina,the genocide in Darfur, or the role of faith in our politics, BarackObama continues to speak out on the issues that will define America inthe 21st century. But above all his accomplishments and experiences, heis most proud and grateful for his family. His wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Malia, 9, and Sasha, 6, live on Chicago's South Sidewhere they attend Trinity United Church of Christ.

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Gender:  Male
Party Affiliation:  Democrat
Office:  President of the United States
Country:  United States of America
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review by . May 12, 2010
posted in Politics Your Way
Leading our nation into an abyss from which we may never escape.
During the Presidential election campaign of 2008 the mainstream media hailed Sen. Barack Obama as the man who could heal our nation's wounds and bring us all together.  He was a "uniter" they proclaimed.  Well as it turns out nothing could be farther from the truth.  Barack Obama has spent the first 16 months of his Presidency systematically dividing the people of this country.  He is dividing us by race, by class, by region, by religion and by culture.  …
Quick Tip by . January 13, 2012
posted in Inspirations
I like that Obama is a charismatic guy with real credentials, a working brain, and a natural ability to lead. But he was a better candidate than a President. I like him better than the last guy and better than the field of Republican nominees. But Obama has reversed or voted against every major change I wanted him to make. We can't blame George W. Bush for Obama's bad choices when Obama himself reversed course on Gitmo, continued the Bush bailouts, extended the Patriot Act, and reformed health care …
Quick Tip by . December 27, 2010
The least qualified man in any room he walks into. Not a law professor, a part-time lecturer. Never ran anything, only worked as a community organizer. Not vetted, not eligible to be president regardless of where he may have been born. Father British subject, mother underage to pass on US citizenship.
Quick Tip by . December 18, 2010
He hasn't managed to keep to any of his campaign promises, or even the promises he made when he took office.  He has managed to do a few things very badly (health care reform, arguing for increased state secrets privileges, arguing for increased ability to target Americans with military force), and a few things well (requiring hospitals to have more open policies regarding visitation by friends and family members).  Not an unmitigated disaster, but not very good.
Quick Tip by . August 15, 2010
posted in Public Policy
Just not ready to lead. That should not be a surprise he has no executive experience what so ever. He sold America a bill of goods and now many are waking up to reality.
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
I'm voting with the average here, though I'm still not even decided on Jackson yet. Man's got a hard job! Does this describe the community political leaning, then?
Quick Tip by . October 13, 2009
About time we had a Constitutional law professor as President.
Quick Tip by . October 20, 2009
He is charismatic, he's persuasive & he's the leader. All a leader needs to do is lead and inspire. For that, I think he's done his job!
Quick Tip by . October 09, 2009
@barackobama #Congrats on the #NOBELPEACEPRIZE even though its a bit premature. Keep up the good work!
review by . September 30, 2008
Over the past few months I have been trying to write/compile some sort of article or document that can explain why I think an Obama administration could be a great thing for, well,  all of us of course, but for conservatives specifically.Anytime that I actually get a chance to have a rational conversation with a conservative I walk away thinking, 'Hey, I agree with a lot of what he/she just had to say, why can't we vote for the same candidate with different views and motives'.'Why Conservatives …
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