BARACK OBAMA- Profile

A year ago little was known of the now famous Barrack Obama, he was just another African American with dreams of making an impact on the lives of blacks in America, But few senators have ever generated the kind of buzz associated with Democrat Barrack Obama of Illinois.

The son of a Kenyan man and a white woman from Kansas, Mr Obama emphasised his personal history in a speech reflecting traditional American ideals of self-reliance and aspirations.

“Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place – America, which stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before,” he said. Since his land slide election victory a few months later, he has become a media darling and one of the most visible figures in Washington, with two best-selling books to his name. He has the backing of talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, who not only urged him to declare his candidacy on her programme but has since appeared on the campaign trail with him.

Almost 30,000 people attended a rally in South Carolina – thought to be the biggest single event in this election campaign – at which she described Mr Obama as having an “ear for eloquence and a tongue dipped in the unvarnished truth”.

He has also raised eye-popping amounts of cash for campaigning, matched only by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. As a senator, he has established a firmly liberal voting record, but has also worked with Republican colleagues on issues such as Aids education and prevention.

Mr Obama is named after his father, who grew up in Kenya herding goats but gained a scholarship to study in Hawaii. There the Kenyan met and married Mr Obama’s mother, who was living in Honolulu with her parents

When Mr Obama was a toddler, his father got a chance to study at Harvard but there was no money for the family to go with him. He later returned to Kenya alone, where he worked as a government economist, and the couple divorced.

When Mr Obama was six, his mother, Ann, married an Indonesian man and the family moved to Jakarta.Although his father and step-father were Muslim, Mr Obama is a Christian and attended secular and Catholic schools rather than a madrassa for the four years he lived in Indonesia, a largely Muslim country.

He then moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents and attend school.Mr Obama went on to study political science at Columbia University in New York, and then moved to Chicago where he spent three years as a community organizer.

In 1988 he left to attend Harvard Law School, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. After Harvard, Mr Obama returned to Chicago to practice civil rights law, representing victims of housing and employment discrimination.

He is married to a lawyer, Michelle, and they have two young daughters. The senator says he has attended the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for almost two decades.

Obama has been the news since the primaries of the vote of Americans, he has swept all the states contrary to speculations that no black can ever think of the position, He has consistently made both blacks and whites regain the confidence they had in America.

Breaking news tells that a US man stabbed his relative after an argument over the presidential credentials of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Brothers-in-law Jose Ortiz and Sean Shurelds were arguing about the fiery contest for the Democratic nomination for president at their Pennsylvania home when the dispute escalated into violence, US broadcaster CBS said. US authorities said Ortiz, a registered Republican and Clinton supporter, allegedly stabbed Mr Shurelds, an Obama supporter, in the stomach, CBS said.

Mr Shurelds was flown to hospital and was in a critical condition. Ortiz was jailed and, if convicted of a crime, will be unable to vote in the election next year, the broadcaster said.

The controversy has begun, this is just the primaries how far do we go to tell them that a black has what it takes to rule the world. This is a feat for all of us, he would fulfill the dreams of Martin Luther king, those who wanted liberation for the black,

Obama for president 2008.

 

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