His story is the American story
— values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard
work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life
so blessed should be lived in service to others. With a father from Kenya and a
mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was
raised with help from his grandparents. His grandfather served in Patton's
army, and his grandmother worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle
management at a bank.
President Obama worked his way
through College and received Scholarships. After graduating from college, he
moved to Chicago where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild
communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants. He went on to
attend law school, where he became the first African-American president of the
Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a
voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago,
and remain active in his community.
President Obama's years of
public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite
people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the
first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and
expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator,
he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the
world's most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting
federal spending online.
In the summer of 2008, Barack
Obama became the first African-American that would be the presidential candidate
of a major political party, the Democrats. On November 4, 2008, after a long
and historic campaign, he won the general election by defeating John McCain a
Republican, to become the 44th President of the United States. His Presidential
Inauguration was on January 20, 2009.
In April 2011, Obama announced
that he would run for re-election in 2012. On November 6, 2012, History
repeated itself, i.e., he won the Presidential Election again. This time, he
defeated the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. This year, President Obama will
have two Presidential Inauguration ceremonies because January 20th, the date
designated by the Twenty First Amendment to the Constitution, falls on a
Sunday. Therefore, a private Inauguration Ceremony will be held on Sunday,
January 20th, and the public televised ceremony will be held on Monday, January
21, 2013. At both ceremonies, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will swear
in President Obama.
President Obama is a
charismatic orator who tends to inspire and motivate people globally.
He continues to encourage people to do more, make an impact on the world and to
face challenges not run away from them. Two of his inspirational quotes
"Making your mark on the
world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It
takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failures
along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid these failures,
because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into
inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere."
Our challenges may be new.
The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon
which our success depends - honesty and hard work, courage and fair play,
tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old.
These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout
our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is
required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the
part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and
the world. Duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly,
firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so
defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task."
first African American President of the United States, President Obama is truly
a trailblazer. As a result, many youths are inspired to dream bigger,
reach higher and never give up on their dreams. This is also true of his
own two daughters,
Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, are
very proud of their
daughter's current accomplishments and dreams.