Picture Profile Of President Barack Obama

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama made history by becoming the first ever African American to be nominated for the role by a major political party.

Barack Hussein Obama II was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii. His mother, Ann Dunham, a white American from Kansas, met his Kenyan father, Barack Obama I, while they were studying together at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His parents separated when Obama was two, and he barely knew his father, who died in an automobile accident in 1982.


In 1967, Obama’s mother married Indonesian Lolo Soetoro, and the family moved to Jakarta, where Obama lived until he was 10. He has a half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.

Obama moved back to Hawaii in 1971 and lived with his maternal grandparents until he graduated from high school in 1979. A graduate of Columbia University, he entered Harvard Law School in 1988, where he served as the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review.

First elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996 Barack Obama served as an Illinois state senator for seven years before he was elected to the US State Senate in November 2, 2004.

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He met his wife, Michelle Robinson, in June 1989. Obama has often recalled how she initially rejected his offers to date before finally giving in. They married on October 3, 1992.

The couple have two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha (Sasha), who have become household figures through the campaign. Michelle has actively campaigned for her husband, often joining him on the campaign trail gathering support.

Obama’s 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention vaulted him to rock-star status. In it, he introduced himself to America as someone who hoped to bridge divisions, political and racial. In 2005, Obama featured on Times magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world list.

On June 3, 2008, sixteen months after announcing his candidacy, Barack Obama officially became the Democratic nominee for the US presidency.

His charismatic appearance and public speaking skills have transcended boundaries and widened his appeal. Known for his stirring eloquence, Obama now draws tens of thousands to his political rallies.

Obama worked as a community organiser for many of his formative years and has banked on that experience throughout his campaign. His first autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” details his search for identity and his efforts to connect with his father’s roots in Africa. The1995 memoir showcased the lyrical writing style that would later mark some of his best-known speeches. It also helped to shape Obama’s political identity.

Obama’s campaign has been dogged by controversy, including this satirical cover on New Yorker magazine. The illustration attempts to demonstrate the many rumours and smears against him, but was strongly criticised by his camp.

Obama has resounding celebrity support, with figures ranging from Ben Affleck to the Black Eyed Peas. Obama’s presidential campaign raised a staggering $58 million, setting the record for fundraising by a presidential campaign in the first six months of the calendar year before the run up to the election.

Early on August 23, 2008, Obama’s camp announced via email and text message that Senator Joe Biden has been picked as his running mate. Biden brings with him 35-years of foreign policy and national security experience.

Obama created further history October 29, 2008 with a 30 minute ad that aired across major national television networks. The glitzy production cost $3 million and was the most expensive ad in political history.

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16 Responses

  1. John says:

    Would you please stop calling him an African American, because he is also halve white so that makes him a Halve White USA born American, which in turn makes him a plain USA born American.
    So why not just call him if you must label him
    The first Halve White Halve Black USA Born USA president of the United States of America.

    Because he’s not just black he’s also white
    His white grandmother that raised him died 11/3/08 please acknowledge that fact

  2. Nick says:

    This is so great. History was made, and we were part of it. I am so excited for the next four years. However, he is not the first “African-America” president. That is impossible. In order to be president of the US you have to be born in America. Obama, unless he has duel citizenship, is american. He is an American president, who happens to be black. And what makes the next four years exciting is that He knows that.

  3. Chachi says:

    Obama went to Harvard – there’s nothing black about him.

  4. trellis says:

    @John…. and most African Americans (not blacks) and whites of European decent are part Native American. But do most whites say they are white? Yes. And do most white have the nerve to say they are Irish or Italian (not even Irish-American or Italian-American) even if it was there great-great grandparent who was born there? Yup. And that’s way more idiotic than saying one is black or white.

    African American is a debatable term but I feel that you would have the same complaint if they had said black instead of African American. And while yes, he is biracial, which he embraces, in this country, black and white are appearance based concepts. And so YES, he is the first black president. He’s treated as a black man by society, so he’s black. When he encounters racists, he’s not treated white half the time. He’s ALWAYS treated as a black. But I’m assuming you’re one of those people who actually believe that people aren’t treated differently based on their skin color.

  5. mark sand says:

    John, work on your spelling. it really takes away from your point.

    Yes, Obama is mixed race but he appears to us as a Black American.

    It is a turning point in our nation.

    I hope Obama can bring the healing to our nation that we most dearly need.

    No matter what happens, President Elect Obama will be a welcome change to the arrogant man, now occupying the White House. That man, who brought us into an unnecessary, unprecedented and unjust war in Iraq. Not to mention his lack of leadership in the aftermath of Katrina, sky rocketing fuel prices and the scandalous financial collapse causing many thousands of Americans to lose their jobs-

    i only hope that President Elect Obama will be able to move the American people and their elected leaders to undo the overwhelming damage done by the Neo Con agenda.

  6. But you see, the race was all about race and had nothing to do with the ideals that Obama holds true to his heart.
    What we learned is that people voted based on color alone, thinking that by some way a black president could atone for the evils white america has done over the years. ridiculous.

  7. antiracist says:

    @obama not black
    that’s obviously why jesse jackson and al sharpton got elected president

  8. Carole Gold says:

    Let’s just get past the politically correct way to refer to him and hope that “Change” turns out to be more than a cleverly-timed- Madison-Avenue-buzz-word that turns out to have actual meaning behind it…and for the highest good would be nice.

  9. trellis says:

    @obama not black:

    If Obama had been the republican candidate, and had won by an OVERWHELMING majority, than you might have an argument.

    But A) he did not win by an overwhelming majority, B) the majority of blacks typically vote democrat (just like the majority of whites typically vote republican) so they would have voted for him even if he was white, and C)while I’m sure there were plenty of people voting for his “color”, I’m sure there were just as many, if not more, were voting against it.

    Get a clue, if you really believe what you’re saying, then I have no doubt that you believe he shouldn’t have been elected based on his race.

  10. Nick says:

    John — Obama is African American. He is both white and black. Being that he is black and no other president-elect in United States his was, he is the first African American president-elect. I believe that is the significance.

  11. John says:

    Ok, you say he is African American
    Well then what should we call George Washington, the first British president,
    I take offense to labeling people African, Jewish, Irish, French, European, Iraq, Sudan, Asian, Cajun,or Iranian American and so on, that were born in the USA
    How can you not be a native to the country you are born in, I was born in the USA, my birth certificate labels me as a caucasian, well I guess that just a mix breed, so thats the same thing Obama is a mix breed caucasian.
    Well most people will call him African American and labels don’t seem to bother most people, so I guess I’m the odd ball.
    One day when we can except we are US American born in our native land and no longer associate ourself with our great grandparents mother land , we will then unite as a people.

  12. Brenda says:

    The fact that Obama is “literally” African-American is truly irrelevant. It does, however; make a powerful statement about the the progression of our society and how our generation thinks. What got him to the where he is now is his message and his ability to inspire.

  13. ooopinionsss says:

    How you think when the economic crisis will end? I wish to make statistics of independent opinions!

  14. Hunter says:

    Obama is our first Biracial President. He is a first generation African American truly, not a muti-generation Black American.
    But he will be our new President and we all need to support him as he has a very difficult job ahead. I pray that he keeps Americans and democracy as a priority and does not secumb to other standards. We are Americans regardless of race. Let’s maintain that standard.

  15. PLS THE PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A NICE MAN

  16. onigbinde tunde samuel says:

    president barack obama is the right man for this job,coz he has the xperience been held as a community leader and change the situation in that community,president barack obama no better,let give him the chance coz is bringing change in this nation.best of luck my president.

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