This short biography of former President Obama will be followed by some quotes translated from English.
Barack Obama was 47 years old when he was first elected president of the United States.
His mother, a white American, and his black Kenyan father welcomed his birth in the summer of 1961 in Honolulu. Although the couple divorced soon after, his mother fell in love again with an Indonesian student. Thus, Barack Obama spent four years in Indonesia, where he received a good education, before returning to Hawaii.
Brilliant in high school and a basketball fan, his higher education in California allowed him to enter Columbia University in New York and then Harvard University at the age of 26, where he presided over a prestigious law review: the Harvard Law Review, an unprecedented position for an African-American. In the meantime, he worked as a business analyst, then as a “community organizer” in a poor neighborhood of Chicago.
He met his future wife, Michelle Robinson, who was also a lawyer. After their marriage, he taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago.
His career took a turn when he decided, after much reflection, to devote himself entirely to politics: he became Senator of Illinois at the age of 36, then United States Senator at the age of 43. It is during this same period that the Obama couple gave birth to two daughters: Malia, then Sasha.
Between successes – opposition to the Iraq war – and failures – nomination refused to the House of Representatives – media, the career of Barack Obama is launched: in August 2008, he wins by a short margin against Hillary Clinton for his nomination to the Democratic Party. His insistent speeches on the unity and fraternity among Americans as well as his charisma are underlined by the Western media.
Her popularity, especially among minorities, was rewarded on November 4, 2008, when she was elected president of the United States, to the great displeasure of her opponent John McCain. President thanks to a majority of nearly 53%, he brings the United States together on foreign policy issues, whose action led to the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011, while maintaining a great popularity internationally: he was designated Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. He managed to implement his health reform, which became a symbol of his electoral promises, despite a declining domestic popularity, which was confirmed in the midterm elections.
Attempting to play on his weaknesses, Mitt Romney criticized the President’s actions during the 2012 presidential elections. However, Barack Obama gathers a large electorate, including minorities, Afro-Asians and Hispanics, and reaches a second time the presidential office at the age of 51 years.
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Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States
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A United States Senator
The first African-American president
“There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America – there is the United States of America.” — Barack Obama
Boston, July 27, 2004
“There is not a liberal America and a conservative America: there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America, a White America, a Latin America and an Asian America: there is the United States of America.” — Barack Obama
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is the place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our fathers is alive in our times, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.” – Barack Obama
on November 4, 2008, Chicago
“If there is anyone here who still doubts that America is the place of all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our brothers is alive in our times, who still questions the power of our democracy: tonight is the answer.” — Barack Obama
“I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages” — Barack Obama, a Chicago magazine
“I believe that same-sex couples deserve the same rights as every other couple in this country.” — Barack Obama
In the Washington Post, June 23, 2011.