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Barrack Obama is a household name in the United States of America as well as in the entire world. He came into the limelight by winning the 2008 presidential elections in the United States of America and becoming the 44th president of the US. The most unique about him is the fact that he is the first Afro-American president to rule the USA. During his campaign, he coined the slogan ‘change you can believe in’ and this made him famous around the world. His administration is held responsible for citizens of the United States of America and the whole world is waiting see if he can keep his promises of change. This paper is an autobiography of the life of Barrack Obama with focus on his upbringing, education, ideologies and his ultimate career as the 44th President of the United States of America.
Who Is He?
Barrack Obama was born in August 4, 1961. He grew up to be a president of the United States of America. Obama was born in Honolulu to his mother Ann Dunham whose history goes back as far as the depression Had happened after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour (Barrack Obama, 2012). His father, Barrack Obama Senior was Kenyan who had earned a learning scholarship to Hawaii. There he met his fellow student Ann Dunham and proceeded to marry her in February 1961. Barrack Obama was born six months after their marriage.
Barrack Obama has been brought up by his mother and a step father in Indonesia for ten, later he was sent back to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandmother (Barrack Obama, 2012) because his mother was afraid for his safety and education in Indonesia. Barrack did not have the privilege of being brought up by his father because his parents divorced when he was two year old.
Following the footsteps of his father, Barrack Obama was an excellent student in school despite racial prejudices. In his school, racism was apparent and, being one of only three black Americans in the whole school, Barrack suffered a lot from racism. He graduated with academic honours and high results in basketball in 1979 from the prestigious Punahou Academy in Hawaii.
Obama went through college by virtue of scholarships and students’ law (Barrack Obama, 2012). He studied at the Occidental College in Los Angeles for two year before transferring to Columbia University in New York where he graduated with a degree in political science.
Later, he attended Harvard Law School where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated from the school and became a lecturer at the University of Chicago where he taught constitutional law. He helped churches in Chicago to rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants (President Barack Obama, 2012).
After law school, Barrack Obama went back to Chicago where he practiced as a civil rights lawyer while working at the Barnhill & Galland Firm. He also went ahead to be a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School where he taught constitutional law. Later he helped in organizing Voter Registration Drives during Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992 (Barrack Obama, 2012). Motivated by his advocacy works, Barrack started his career in politics participation in the Illinois senate elections which he won in 1996. He was elected on a democrat ticket where he worked with both the Republicans and the Democrats in drafting the legislation on ethics. He has made tremendous changes in his political life and has achievements in improving health care service and early childhood programmes for the poor (President Barack Obama, 2012), also succeeded in creation of state earned-income tax credit for the working poor. Barack Obama has also made changes in human services department where he became the chairman by requiring videotaping of interrogations when there were unexplained deaths of inmates on death row.
Barack Obama had his share of failure in his political career starting with his unsuccessful participation in elections to the U.S House of Representative. Paying attention to his upbringing and people who surrounded him, he did not give up but continued to form a campaign for his senate elections.
Barack Obama fought for Illinois senate seat and won accordin to majority of voices (Barrack Obama, 2012). Once in office, Obama focused his attention on creating peace in the world. His fist bill expansion was the bill that advocated for neutralization of mass destruction weapons in Europe and Russia. He also used his political career to advocate for veterans’ benefits, alternative energy development and development of a website that tracks federal spending (Barrack Obama, 2012). He was elected the President of the United States of America in 2008, becoming the first Afro-American to hold the highest office in the land. He is the current President of the United States and the bearer of one of the most powerful offices in the world.
The greatest of Barack Obama’s achievements is winning the presidential elections in 2008 to become the oval office bearer after his swearing in 2009. He became the first Afro-American to occupy the office and the youngest. However, it happened after a range of achievements starting with academic excellence (Barrack Obama Achievements, 2012). Barrack Obama graduated from the university with a degree in political science. This was a major achievement because not many Afro-Americans were able to attain such level of education in his time. He defied racism and lack of a father figure coupled with sudden news of his father’s death to attain the degree.
He also boasts of his achievement as the first Afro-American to hold the title of editor in the Harvard Law Review Committee. During his time at the Harvard Law Review, he met his wife Michelle Robinson whom he dated and married in 1992 (Barrack Obama Achievements, 2012). Another part of his achievements during life is being a successful husband to his wife, the first lady of the United States. Barack Obama has achieved the title of a father when two his daughters were born in 1998 and 2011.
He has also managed to achieve an esteemed position in the literary world by publishing two books titled, Dreams From My Father, and Audacity Of Hope in 1995 and 2007 respectively. His books managed to receive Grammy’s awards in the group of best spoken word for their code version (Barrack Obama Achievements, 2012).
He was named one of the most influential people in the world in 2005. He was also elected to Senate in 2004. He became the fifth Afro-American senator in the US history at such a young age.
Being an achiever, Obama has not escaped controversial issues in his life. The controversy about his religion has been predominant since he was elected as a President of the USA. The birth certificate scandal was meant to show that Obama was in office against the provision of American law (BILLEAUD, 2012). The investigating officer revealed that they had probable cause to believe that Obama’s birth certificate was forged at the White House. Although all efforts wee done to cool down the alllegations, some Republicans refused to forget that scandal ever happened. This raised a heated debate on the immigration laws of the US. The investigating officer was accused in perpetrating racism using his office and put under investigation into misconduct of duties (BILLEAUD, 2012).
Recently, Obama’s administration landed into a political mess by advocating for provision of contraceptives for free. The issue required that non-profit organizations that were affiliated with religion were required to provide the contraceptives to women as a preventive measure. This was not acquired well because some religions are against using contraceptives. They also understand using of morning-after pills as tantamount to abortion if the woman has already conceived (BILLEAUD, 2012).
While accepting his Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009, Obama acknowledged that, indeed, it was controversial to have been chosen as the Nobelist since he had only been in office for less than a year. He also spoke realistically by saying that there will always be war on the planet. Obama and the Nobel Prize committee did not escape criticism from different parts of the world who insisted that there were more deserving candidates on the planet.
Other scandals have rocked Obama’s political life but they remain unsubstantial rumours. Obama has also been said to have reneged on his election campaign promises once in office. He was also accused of accepting money for his campaign from people who committed economic crimes to earn their money (BILLEAUD, 2012). Other accusations include his order to kill an American citizen who was thought to be associated with al-Qaida group and with some bombings in the US and the world.
Ideologies and life principles
Obama follows principles in life that demand working hard and always being mindful of other people. Some quotes about life that he has made in public or in his books attest to these ideologies. For instance, to display his commitment in his life choices he said, “If you are walking down the right path and you are willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress” (Barrack Obama, 2012). This he said in an effort to encourage the American people to walk their talk without giving up. It also reflects on his life struggle to achieve what he has in life.
Barack Obama is also driven with changing the world for the better. This is shown by his campaign slogans ‘change we can believe in’ and ‘yes we can’. He insists that change does not happen when one waits for other people to commit it. This motivates him to take his place in changing the world because he believes that he is the change that he seeks.
Obama is one of the most quoted people on different topics such as constitution to family issues. He strives to live by his speeches by showing that it is possible to achieve change where people live in the world of harmony and in peace with one another. For instance, he was quoted as saying that America and Islam are not in competition and should not be. Instead, they should work together to attain their common goals of justice for all and achieving progress, tolerance and dignity to all human beings (Barack Obama Quotes, 2012)
Critics, political rivals and the whole world continue to put Barrack under scrutiny for every deed, principle, reform and speech he makes. His life in politics is the major focus which people are waiting with baited breath to see what he comes up with next. The world continues to watch Obama as a historical figure, a hero and a family man and the one who uses his opportunity to change the world.