Barack Obama
Born: August 4, 1961
Current Position: President of United States
Political Party Democrat
Religion Christian (Baptist)

Barack Obama is currently the president of the United States of America. He will take office January 20th 2009. Obama was the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 3, 2005 until his resignation on November 16, 2008. He is be the 44th President of the USA.

Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, Obama helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds. He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for U.S. military personnel returning from combat assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Of his early childhood, Obama has recalled, "That my father looked nothing like the people around me — that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk — barely registered in my mind." In his 1995 memoir, he described his struggles as a young adult to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage. He wrote that he used alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine during his teenage years to "push questions of who I was out of my mind". At the 2008 Civil Forum on the Presidency, Obama identified his high-school drug use as his "greatest moral failure."

College Edit

After high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles, where he studied at Occidental College for two years. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science.

Obama entered Harvard Law School in late 1988. He was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year. After graduating with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago.

Political Career Edit

Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996, succeeding State Senator Alice Palmer as Senator from Illinois's 13th District, which then spanned Chicago South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park-Kenwood south to South Shore and west to Chicago Lawn. Once elected, Obama gained bipartisan support for legislation reforming ethics and health care laws.

Obama was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998, defeating Republican Yesse Yehudah in the General Election, and reelected again in 2002. In 2000, he lost a Democratic primary run for the U.S. House of Representatives to four-term incumbent Bobby Rush by a margin of two to one.

In January 2003, Obama became chairman of the Illinois Senate's Health and Human Services Committee when Democrats, after a decade in the minority, regained a majority.

Obama vs keyes

Obama debating his oppent for a Senate Seat-Alan Keyes

In mid-2002, Obama began considering a run for the U.S. Senate. Obama's expected opponent in the general election, Republican primary winner Jack Ryan, withdrew from the race in June 2004. Two months later and less than three months before Election Day, Alan Keyes accepted the Illinois Republican Party's nomination to replace Ryan.A long-time resident of Maryland, Keyes established legal residency in Illinois with the nomination. In the November 2004 general election, Obama received 70% of the vote to Keyes's 27%, the largest victory margin for a statewide race in Illinois history.

Obama was sworn in as a senator on January 4, 2005. Obama was the fifth African-American Senator in U.S. history, and the third to have been popularly elected. He was the only Senate member of the Congressional Black Caucus. CQ Weekly, a nonpartisan publication, characterized him as a "loyal Democrat" based on analysis of all Senate votes in 2005–2007, and the National Journal ranked him as the "most liberal" senator based on an assessment of selected votes during 2007. In 2005 he was ranked sixteenth, and in 2006 he was ranked tenth. In 2008, ranked him as the eleventh most powerful Senator. Obama announced on November 13, 2008 that he would resign his senate seat on November 16, 2008, before the start of the lame-duck session.

2008 Election Edit

In November 4, 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain in the general election with 365 electoral votes to McCain's 173 and became the first African American to be elected President of the United States. In his victory speech, delivered before a crowd of hundreds of thousands of his supporters in Chicago's Grant Park, Obama proclaimed that "change has come to America".

Policy Edit


Generally Democrats have been supportive of the President while Republicans have been critical of his policies. Despite the Affordable Care Act (also called "Obamacare") being the health insurance plan initially developed by the conservative Heritage Foundation, few House Republicans supported it and refused to work on the legislation, repeatedly calling for "starting over with blank sheets of paper".


Controversy Edit

Money from RezkoEdit

Barack Obama received 3 times as much money from Rezko as publicly admitted.[1]

Tony Rezko is an indicted slumlord. [2], and he was/is friends with Barack Obama for 17 years. [3]

Consistency on IraqEdit

Obama said that he always opposed the Iraq War since 2002, a claim that former US President Bill Clinton described as "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." While Obama did oppose the original invasion of Iraq he decided that since American troops were in Iraq that America had "A deep national security interest in making certain that Iraq is stable. If it is not stable not only are we gonna have a humanitarian crisis I think we're also gonna have a huge national security problem on our hands because ironically it has become a hotbed of terrorists as a consequence in part of our incursion there." This was said at a debate during his race for the Illinois Senate seat in a debate against Alan Keyes. [4]

Stimulus PackageEdit

In his second week of his presidency Barack Obama and the Democratically controlled House passed a stimulus bill. Controversy on the bill has mainly been towards where the money is going. It includes.--

  • $650 million to help Americans upgrade to digital cable after the official transition to digital television on Feb. 17, 2009.
  • $44 million to repair and improve the headquarters of the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
  • $276 million to upgrade and modernize information technology at the State Department.
  • $3.1 billion to fund “infrastructure projects” on federal land, including $1.8 billion for the National Park Service, $650 million for the U.S. Forest Service, and $300 million for the National Fish Hatcheries.
  • $600 million for NASA, including $400 million for projects such as “satellite sensors that measure solar radiation critical to understanding climate change.”
  • $1.9 billion for the Department of Energy for “basic research into the physical sciences,” including nuclear physics and fusion energy.
  • $209 million for maintenance work at the federal Agricultural Research Service’s research facilities across the country.
  • $400 million in repairs to various “national treasures,” including $200 million for revitalizing the National Mall, $150 for maintenance at the Smithsonian Institution, and $50 million to make up for a lack of philanthropic support for the arts.
  • $850 million for “wildland fire management,” including $550 million to states for “volunteer fire assistance,” “city forest enhancements” and “wood to energy” projects.
  • $400 million for “habitat restoration” projects to be doled out by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • $2.7 billion for “rural water and waste disposal” grant programs for providing loans for digging wells or extending municipal water services in rural areas.
  • $2 billion to provide day care services to 300,000 additional low-income children, ostensibly while their parents are at work.
  • $1.2 billion to create an estimated 1 million summer jobs for young people.
  • $2.5 billion to upgrade government-owned housing projects with new insulation, windows, and furnaces.
  • $6.2 billion to weatherize the homes of low-income people to make them more energy efficient.
  • $2.4 billion for projects demonstrating carbon-capture technology.
  • $600 million to “prepare our country for universal healthcare” by training more doctors, dentists, and nurses.
  • $1.5 billion to build new “Community Health Centers.”
  • $20 billion to provide “nutrition assistance” for middle-income families and to lift restrictions on how long people can receive food stamps.
  • $142 billion for various STATE and LOCAL education expenditures.
  • An undisclosed amount to “provide 100 percent federal funding through 2010 for optional State Medicaid coverage of individuals (and their dependents) who are receiving unemployment benefits or have exhausted those benefits.


This bill has been renegoatated and a different has been passed. [11]

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