Barack Obama

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Barack Obama The President Of the United States Biography Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, is the 44th and current president of the United States. For your information, he is also the first African American to hold the office. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He also worked as civil-rights lawyer and teacher before pursuing a political career. He was later elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, serving from 1997 to 2004. He was elected to the U.S. presidency in 2008. President Obama continues to enact policy changes in response to the issues of health care and economic crisis. Early Life Obama was born on August 4,…show more content…
As a staffer for the Developing Communities Project, Obama worked with churches on the city's industrial South Side to organize workers who had lost their jobs due to the steel mill and factory closings. After three years in some of the toughest neighborhoods of Chicago, Obama decided to attend Harvard Law School, promising to return to these same streets. After being elected the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama could have turned his academic success into a six-figure job with a prestigious law firm. Instead he chose to keep his promise.He returned to Chicago in 1991 where he joined a small civil rights firm and ran a voter registration drive that put 150,000 new voters on the rolls, helping Bill Clinton carry Illinois in 1992. In 1996 he was elected state senator from his Chicago district. In the Illinois Legislature, Obama worked with Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating a state Earned Income Tax Credit. He also pushed through expansion of an early childhood education program. He also played an important role in drafting bipartisan ethics reform legislation that has made Illinois one of the best states in the nation for campaign finance disclosure. In 2004 Obama was elected U.S. senator from Illinois, where he has continued to demonstrate exceptional leadership in confronting tough issues. As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, he has strongly supported
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