Barack Obama

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“Yes we can” - Barack Obama is a former democratic US President and the first African American politician to ever assume this high office. His tenure lasted from 2009 to 2017 and he was the 44th president to manage USA’s destinies. Today he mainly focuses on his family but he is also working on his memoirs, which will be published in 2020 during the presidential election year. Find out more about Barack Obama.

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Barack Obama Facts

Who is Barack Obama?

Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4th 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as the son of a Nigerian father and an US-American mother, whose ancestors came from Ireland, Great Britain, Germany and Switzerland. He spent most of his childhood in Jakarta, Indonesia and later moved back to his grand-mother in Hawaii to attend the private Punahou School, which he passed with distinction. After that he attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and Columbia University in New York City and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1983. Two years later he started his legal science studies at the Harvard Law School in Chicago. During an internship at a Chicago’s law office in 1989, he met his soon-to-be wife and former First Lady Michelle Robinson. They married in 1992 and have two children, Malia Ann Obama (*1998) and Natasha Obama (*2001).

How did Barack Obama enter politics?

In 1996, Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate as a member of the 13th district as the chairman of the public health and social welfare committee. Eight years later he surprisingly won the democratic primaries for the US Senate and was favored as their new presidential candidate. On February 10th 2007, he announced his presidential candidacy. His main focus was the ending of the Iraq War, affordable health insurance for US-American citizens and the revolution of the energy question. After a very successful election campaign, in which he was able to collect more than 100 million US-$ of donations, he won the presidential election on January 8th 2009 and was appointed 44th President of the United States of America on January 20th 2009.

Why was Barack Obama the best president for the USA at that time?

Obama followed on republican George W. Bush junior and one of his first actions was the suspension of all legal proceedings regarding the infamous prison camp Guantanamo Bay for 120 days. Furthermore he engaged in nuclear disarmament, promised to refrain from domestic and foreign political solo runs like his predecessor and to strengthen the cohesion of the states. Because of his background he was also engaged in a harmonious coexistence of people of all ethnics, religions and colors. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion” – although this quote originates from South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela and was used by Barack Obama in 2017 after the far-right and racist incidents in Charlottesville, you could use this as one of Obama’s main motives during his time as president. He was also able to inspire his audience with enthralling and lively speeches, one reason why he is still a pleasant guest and motivational speaker. “Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I’m asking you to believe – not in my ability to create change, but in yours.” – His last tweet on Twitter sums up the personality of Barack Obama and the intention of his political career best – a humble person that had the honor to hold the highest office of the world but never forget, where he came from and who he could trust in a tough business.

Which awards and honors has Obama received?

Barack Obama was just the third acting US President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2009 for his “extra-ordinary effort to strengthen the international diplomacy and the cooperation of different nations”. The nomination was highly controversial but reinforced Obama’s plans of disarmament and reconciliation. He was also given the honorary doctorate of ten different universities, was named “one of ten persons, who could change the world” in 2005 by the British magazine New Statesman, named “person of the year” by famous magazine Time in 2008 and 2012 and received the highest civil distinction of Israel, the Presidential Medal of Distinction as the first reigning US President in 2013. He also won a Grammy for the “Best Spoken Word Album”, the audio book of his first book “The Audacity of Hope”, which he released in 2007.

When are you able to see Barack live on stage?

After former First Lady Michelle Obama released her memoirs on November 12th 2018, everyone expected her husband to release his own biography soon after. But we have to wait a bit longer, as the competent publisher Penguin Random House announced in September 2019. The former president is going to publish his second book in the presidential election year of 2020. So don’t miss out on our ticket alert, to get informed as soon as Barack Obama’s biography is available in bookstores and first lectures will get announced.

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