Barack Hussein Obama Jr, the first African American President of the United States, was born on August the 4th 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama’s birth is considered as an important turning point for African American’s in history, he was the first African American to serve as a United States president. Barack Obama is currently the 44th president of the United States. He was raised in a middle class family with education being the core of their lives and had very noble values. Obama was a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, he was elected the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. Obama met Michelle Robinson in 1989 in Chicago’s law firm of Sidley Austin as a summer associate and not too long after that they began to date. Obama was a civil rights attorney, community organizer in Chicago where he helped rebuild communities that was devastated by the closure of the local street plants and a teacher at University of Chicago Law School before pursuing a political career. The time Obama spent helping rebuild the communities he that this time of his life “the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School” (1). For Obama, he explains that from that experience is what contributed to finding his identity and forming the path that he has taken whilst in the white house. Barack Obama won the election in November 4th 2008 and then took office on January the 20th 2009, these two dates were significant days for America.
Both of his parents, actually met in the University of Hawaii, His father being Barack Obama Sr, who was actually a black foreign student born in Kenya, and his Mother Ann Dunham, was a white american from Kansas. After the birth of Barack Obama, two years later both parents decided to get in a Divorce, and the father left to go continue his studies at Harvard University, after he was done, 19 years later he died in a car accident taken placed back at his home country in Kenya. From age six through ten, Obama lived with his mother and stepfather in Indonesia, where he attended Catholic and Muslim schools. After a couple of years in Indonesia, her mother grew a concern with the education of her son, then latter sending him back to Hawaii to continue his studies, he went back to then live his his grandparents, in which he will be raised by in his teen years. He later continued to attend Hawaii’s prestigious Punahou School from fifth grade through graduation from high school. Making him really smart, all due to the hard work the school had to offer in terms of education. His mother later had seemed to have problems with her husband, and decided to get in a divorce, and continued to then travel back into hawaii. At school education wasn’t the only thing that he excelled in, he also was a huge player in his High School Varsity BasketBall Team. But everyone also commits in mistakes, also while growing up he did many kinds of drugs, now he wasn’t necessarily addicted but he tend to do them in multiple occasions. With no father or other family members to serve as role models including the fact that his relationship with his white grandfather was difficult, he wanted to raise himself to be an African American in the United States of America. After the end of his High School career he then continued to remain in his studies and take them elsewhere, he went to the Occidental College in Los Angeles
The book, Dreams from My Father, is written by Barack Obama, the President of the United States. This book is written from the past tense as President Obama discusses his lifestyle before he attended Harvard Law school. The book starts with him describing the scenery of his New York apartment which we can assume is either while he is attending or graduated from Columbia College at Columbia University. He describes his family's influence on his life and education. The most influential person to President Obama, from my perspective is his father, Barack Obama, Sr. His father was influential because he too attended Harvard, his impact on Barack seemed more psychological as well because his father wasn’t always around as him and Barack’s
Then, Barack did love basketball, and he tried his best to be cool at all times. One day in the early spring both were met and begun walked the direction of the stone bench at Punahou’s campus. That place was called the senior bench. A few month were passed, Barack has gathered books from the library like Baldwin, Ellison, Hughes, Wright, etc. Barack has wrestler with words and suddenly desperate some argument and tried to reconcile the worlds as he did found it with the terms of his birth. Then, every book has given much information and Bigger Thomas has called as an invisible man. Then, Barack had kept found the same doubt like a self-contempt that neither irony nor intellect seemed able to deflect. Then, Baldwin’s love and Langston’s humors
He first characterized his family in detail and thoroughly described their racial make up. His father is a black man from Kenya; and his mother is a white woman from Kansa. He was raised by a black grandfather who served in World War II, and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line. President Obama has also seen both ends of the spectrum as he was raised in one of the world’s poorest nations; but later went on to attend some of America’s most prestigious schools. He talked about his wife and how she is a black American woman with the blood of slaves as well as slave owners. This information about his life was a vital piece to include in his speech because it connected him with other African American’s. It gave credibility to his speech and made his message more valid. It showed America that him and his family have overcome many difficulties in life, similar to what many American’s are trying to, commonly referred to as “the American dream.” His own “American story” was very beneficial to include because it brought forth a great deal of emotion from voters, especially African American voters. By incorporating details that raised emotions, he was able to connect
From the beginning of time , race has seem to be a topic of discussion. There has always been reoccurrences in history about race problems and skin tone issues. Many thought the Civil Rights era would bring a end to race issues in America but that was just a pseudo. By reading , Dreams from my Father , one can get the sense of the struggle for identity and finding a place of belonging. The United States can not escape the historical legacy that it has built over the years when dealing with race. Obama’s famous quote in the book proclaims , “My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t, end there (Obama 111). This famous quote signifies Obama need to know more about him; he is proclaiming that although race and ethnicity is just a slight image of who you are , there are many externalities that influence ones identity and how they are formed as a person. Race is something that might always be apart of your identity , but just knowing your race isn’t critically thinking deep enough . One must search deep into their roots in order to understand their true indeitiy and where they belong in this tangled world. During this book, Obama searched sin Kenya for faith, hope , and inspiration through his African ancestry.
Barack Obama states that his family is one of the most diverse families. This particular trait of the family teaches him that although his family members are scattered and belong to different parts of the world, they all carry the same blood, which brings them together, making them one. The main point he tries to
From the beginning of his speech he states “I want a man who…”. He repeats this phrase several times to get the point across of how deeply President Obama feels for not only the United States but every individual of the United States. He uses this to convince the audience that everything that drives President Obama is the heart and soul he has for the American people. How his main goal is for the advancement of not just one person or one race of the people but everyone; no matter what you are or how you live your life he wants you to feel he wants what is best for you. This strategy was very effective and it allowed for the connection to be made between President Obama and the American
Many people would never have thought to see the day in which an African American would become President. The man chosen to make a difference would be Barack Obama, senator of Illinois. In his presidential campaign of 2008, Senator Obama gave an impactful speech, known as “A More Perfect Union”, to the country. His purpose was to widen the race divide that the nation as a whole has been avoiding for years. In his address, senator Obama uses parallelism, an urgent tone, and his purpose to his effective speech.
There are many barriers one must overcome, and to accomplish this, one must find their distinctiveness and take a key role in the community. Throughout the novel, Dreams from my Father by our current president Barrack Obama, Barrack demonstrates the true meaning of being an individual. He is highly active in his community, despite the fact that he is part of the black community. The economic, social, and historical developments are links that allow one to form and sustain their identity. These factors helped Barack become the President of the United States of America, even though he faced many hardships. Another aspect that helps one define and
“In the history of African-American politics in this country there has always been some tension between speaking in universal terms and speaking in very race-specific terms about the plight of the African-American community” (Williams, 2007). Ethnography is an analyzing technique used to document collected and studied information of a living person. Whereas, anthropology focuses on the how the person adapted over time and place. My compare and contrast selection is on President Obama’s background and culture with winning presidency. The only conflicting was not being old enough to protest with Dr. King Jr. His cultural background stems from white mother and an African father, from Kenyan. President Barak grew up in a multi-cultural environment
One of the first things Obama addressed in his speech was why he was running at this time. He believed that the only way to overcoming America’s challenges are to come together. We must realize that we all have the same common goal to create a better life for future generations. Obama said, “And this belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own story.” He begins to share his personal story of family background so that the audience can get a deeper understanding of his strong beliefs. He was a child of a
Dreams of my father is divided into a three-part book .Each part of the book discuses different parts in Obama life. The parts serve as a timeline that explains the importance of race and identity at every junction in his life. The first part of the novel recalls Obama’s early years in Hawaii and the Philippines. During his time in Hawaii , Obama never really suffered any racial discrimination, although he did struggle with his race and identity . A troubling time of his life was when he was around ten. “A month. That’s how long we would have together, the five of us in my grandparents’ living room most evenings, during the day on drives around the island or on short walks past the private landmarks of a family” (Obama 66). This was the one and only time that Obama ever met his father in person . This one event would have an everlasting effect on Obama’s life. This was the time Obama father came back from Kenya. During this time Obama had his difficulties at school not because he was struggling with his academics, but because he had a tough time
Senator Barack Obama had many issues throughout his campaign. Obama’s speech, “A More Perfect Union”, delivered on March 18, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, conveyed many issues concerning racism throughout the United States, but it starts out stating how the founders of this nation constructed the Declaration of Independence, creating all men equal. Obama then begins to talk about his pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and his racial remarks against America and Israel, as it is “divisive at a time when we need unity”, referring to the “ two wars, a terrorist threat, a falling economy, a chronic health care crisis” going on at the time. (Obama 2) Obama remarks “I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas,” (Obama 1) because there is much criticism in his campaign due to his race. Obama argues that race is paralyzing our nation, and that it is still a major issue due to white privilege, and racial inequality. In the end, Obama hopes to move past the “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years,” (Obama 6) and wishes to improve health care, jobs, schools, and other social issues for the United States.
“I 've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” A legacy that matters has little to do with the accumulation of material things or serving as a token figure. A legacy should be one of moral substance where those who are speaking of you remember the very causes that you supported. A legacy should be one of purpose and careful intent that free to roam When examining the Obama legacy and all of the policies implemented under his administration, one should be in awe of his unrelenting efforts to ensure domestic tranquility and guiding moral compass that sought to include all. This paper aims to dissect the presidency of Barack Obama and discuss his lasting impressions that will ever etched in the memories of all. Then, discuss the possibilities of the dismantling of this era of prestige and integrity.