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Barack Obama

Black History Month Profile

February 18, 2019

His ancestors fought for his right to vote, little did they know, that one day, he would be the one others were voting for. Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Barack lived with grandparents in 1971, while his mother went to Indonesia to pursue her Ph.D.

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In 1979 Barack went to study at Punahou Academy to get a decent education. In 1982 his father passed away due to a car accident in Nairobi. The following year, in 1983, Barack attended Columbia University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science. He later continued his education at Harvard University. In 1991, Obama became the first African-American to be president of the Harvard Law Review. He also graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991. The year after, he met Michelle Robinson, and the two were married. Together they had two children Sasha and Malia Obama.

Once Obama received the law degree he worked as an attorney of law for civil rights. In 1995, Obama published his first autobiography Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. In 2004, Obama became the Senate of Illinois and then four years later in 2008, he ran for president. On November 4, 2008, he made history, becoming the first African-American president of the United States. As President Obama made his Affordable Care Act or ‘Obamacare’, signed the Budget Control Act in 2011, approved the airstrikes to kill Osama Bin Laden and in 2013 he got re-elected. During his second term, he made gay marriage legal, made the clean power plan and had many ideas towards executive orders for gun control. On January 19, 2017, Obama served his last day as president.

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