Barack Obama, the president of United States, was born on August 4, 1961 to a black Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr. And a white American mother, Ann Dunham. Barack’s father left him with his mother for Harvard. His mother remarried an Indonesian oil manager when he was six. Obama spent his childhood with his grandparents. His father stayed in touch with him though he visited only once when he was ten.
While Obama was studying at Columbia University, he faced inescapable racial discrimination of New York. While still a student, he was chosen as a community organizer for a small Chicago church-based group and during the time, he would help poor, the South Side Residents to cope up with a wave of plant closings. Later, he attended Harvard Law School, and became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review in 1990. He then became the teacher at the University of Chicago Law School. Eventually he was elected to the Illinois state senate.
In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat and represented Illinois. He achieved a wide national attention by delivering an inspiring keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. After four years, in 2008, he prepared himself for the Presidency. In January 2009, he won the election and became the first African-American to become the president of the United States of America.
Notable Quotes by Barack Obama
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
“We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.”
“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
“We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.”
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”