Barack Obama - The President of the United States.

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Birth name: Barack Hussein Obama

Nickname: Barry, Bama, Rock, The One
President: 20. January 2009 (44th president of the USA)
Born: 4. August 1961 in Hawaii (48 years)
Nationality: American
Occupation: lawyer, community organizer, constituonal law professor and author
Politicial party: democratic
Religion: Christianity
Spouse: Michelle Obama (married in 1992)
Children: Malia Ann Obama (b.1998) and Natasha (Sasha) Obama (b.2001)
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Barack Obama

Websites:
www.whitehouse.gov
www.barackobama.com















February 4th, 2010. The President spoke to grassroots supporters and answered questions about our plan going forward.

Childhood and adolescence

Barack Obama was born to a white American mother, Ann Dunham, and a black Kenyan father, who were both young college students at the University of Hawaii.

When his father left for Harvard, Ann Dunham and Barack stayed behind, and his father ultimately returned alone to Kenya, where he worked as a government economist.

Barack's mother remarried an Indonesian oil manager and moved to Jakarta when Barack was six. He later recounted Indonesia as simultaneously lush and a harrowing exposure to tropical poverty. He returned to Hawaii, where he was brought up largely by his grandparents.

The family lived in a small apartment - his grandfather was a furniture salesman and an unsuccessful insurance agent and his grandmother worked in a bank - but Barack managed to get into Punahou School, Hawaii's top prep academy.

His father wrote to him regularly but, though he travelled around the world on official business for Kenya, he visited only once, when Barack was ten.
Obama attended Columbia University, but found New York's racial tension inescapable. He became a community organizer for a small Chicago church-based group for three years, helping poor South Side residents cope with a wave of plant closings.

Then he attended Harvard Law School, and in 1990 became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He turned down a prestigious judicial clerkship, choosing instead to practice civil-rights law back in Chicago, representing victims of housing and employment discrimination and working on voting-rights legislation.

He also began teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. Eventually he was elected to the Illinois state senate.


Political career

State Senator: 1997–2004


In November, 1996 Obama was elected to Illinois Senate and served three terms here.

During 1996-2004, Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans in drafting legislation on ethics, expanded health care services, and early childhood education programs for the poor. He also created the state Earned Income Tax Credit for the working poor, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. Obama served as chairman of the Illinois Senate's Health and Human Services Committee in 2003-2004.


U.S. Senator: 2004–2008

In November, 2004 Obama was elected to US Senate with 70% of the vote.


In the U.S. Senate, he has focused on tackling the challenges of a globalized, 21st century world. His first law was passed with Republican Tom Coburn, a measure to rebuild trust in government by allowing every American to go online and see how and where every tax dollar is spent.

As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Obama has fought to help thousands of Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised after Iraq and Afghanistan.

Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, he traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to find and secure deadly weapons around the world. And knowing the environmental threat we face to our economy and our security from use of oil, he's working on promotion the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards.

Whether it's the poverty exposed by Katrina, the genocide in Darfur, or the role of faith in our politics, Barack Obama continues to speak out on the issues that will define America in the 21st century.


In September, 2007 Obama presented a plan for "full withdrawal" of American troops in Iraq.

Presidency


Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office.
Obama's presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after campaign against Hillary Clinton, he won his party's nomination. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.

family

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Obama met his wife, Michelle Robinson, in June 1989 when he was employed as a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin. Assigned for three months as Obama's adviser at the firm, Robinson joined him at group social functions, but declined his initial offers to date. They began dating later that summer, became engaged in 1991, and were married on October 3, 1992. The couple's first daughter, Malia Ann, was born in 1998, followed by a second daughter, Natasha ("Sasha"), in 2001.

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In a 2006 interview, Obama said about his large family: "Michelle will tell you that when we get together for Christmas or Thanksgiving, it's like a little mini-United Nations".

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Obamas wife: Here is Michelle Obama in a design outfit. She has repeatedly been stated as a fashion icon. That's not surprising, because she often goes with brand clothes.

Personal life

Obama plays basketball, a sport he has gone in for since high school's team.

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Obama is a Christian, but he was not raised in a religious household. His religious views have come when he was adult.


Obama’s books

Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. 1995

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The Audacity of Hope. 2006

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interesting facts about Barack Obama

ü He won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Spoken Word Recording. It was for the audio version of his book Dreams From My Father.

ü He doesn’t like ice-cream. He worked in Baskin-Robbins as a teenager. That’s where his distaste for ice-cream comes from.

ü He loves playing Scrabble. He never commented on how good he is, though.

ü He experimented with drugs. Back in his early years he tried marijuana and cocaine. According to his own words he is not proud of it and considers it a mistake as a young man.

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ü He smokes but wants to quit. He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president – he didn’t. After all, there is a non-smoking policy in the White House.

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ü According to his wife Michelle he is very romantic. He is not a door opener but he remembers every anniversary and brings her flowers all the time.

ü Every night when he is at home he reads the Harry Potter books to his oldest daughter Malia. He has read every Harry Potter book.

ü He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics.

ü He was known as “O’Bomber” at high school for his skill at basketball. He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds.

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ü His name means “one who is blessed” in Swahili.

ü His favorite meal is wife Michelle’s shrimp linguini.

ü He is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed.

ü He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali.

ü He can speak Spanish.

ü His favorite drink is black forest berry iced tea.

ü He was known as Barry until university when he asked to be addressed by his full name.

ü His favorite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.

ü He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside.

ü He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal.

ü He uses an Apple Mac laptop.

ü He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300 SUV.

ü He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes.

ü He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21 (£13)

ü His specialty as a cook is chilli.

ü His favorite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

ü He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luck

ü He doesn’t drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol

ü And finally, he would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician.


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On October 9, 2009 the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that Obama had won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".

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Nobels Peace Price 2009: Here's headlines from news all over the world, about the Nobel Peace Price. Obama got a surprice when he won the price, because he wasn't expected earn it. He was humble, says a search in the White House presented.

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Mysterious suitcase: This photo was taken when the President were in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Price. In the suitcase is a nuclear weapon. VG writes that he could do a nuclear war from the White House.

He’s the coolest president-elect the Americans have ever had.


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Links:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQYTwBebWf8
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Photos:
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Alexandra and Nittaya