Barack Obama Timeline

The biography of Barack Obama is a saga of struggle, sacrifice, hope and a relentless pursuit to achieve excellence and leadership … in short, the Barack Obama bio is a revelation that points to a man who was destined to excel and lead. The multiple events that shaped Barack Obama’s experience and background proved just this.

  • The amazing events that shaped the Obama biography began when Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961, to Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan national of Luo Muslim ethnicity, and Ann Dunham, a Christian American citizen of British descent.
  • As Barack Obama history records, his parents separated when he was 2 years old, after their marriage on February 2, 1961. Barack’s parents divorced in 1964, after which is father returned to Kenya. Obama’s mother later married Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian student of a college in Hawaii. They returned to Indonesia in 1967 with Barack.
  • The Barack Obama biography reveals that Obama’s father died in a tragic automobile accident in 1982, while his mother died of ovarian cancer in 1995.
  • Between the ages of 6 to 10, Obama attended local Jakarta Catholic schools and then returned to Honolulu, Hawaii where he was looked after by his maternal grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham. The Barack Obama bio includes several interesting details of his life with them.
  • In Honolulu, Barack was admitted to the reputed Punahou Academy where he graduated with honors in 1979.
  • Obama studied for 2 years at the Occidental College in Los Angeles and then transferred to New York’s Columbia University where he graduated with a degree in political science in 1983.
  • Barack moved to Chicago in 1985 where he worked as a community organizer with low-income residents of Chicago’s South Side.
  • While in Chicago, Obama joined the Trinity United Church of Christ around 1985 when he was formally baptized a Christian.
  • In mid 1988, Barack visited Kenya to meet his paternal relatives for the first time, as well as paying visits to the graves of his paternal grandfather and father. He returned to Kenya in 2006, his last visit.
  • In 1988, Obama enrolled at Harvard Law School. He was elected editor of the Harvard Law Review, the first African American editor to achieve this position. Barack graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991 with magna cum laude.
  • A significant event recorded in the Barack Obama biography took place in 1988, when Obama met Michelle Robinson (his wife and First Lady) whom he married in October 1992. His first daughter, Malia was born in 1998, while Natasha (“Sasha”) his second daughter was born in 2001.
  • Barack returned to Chicago after attending law school and joined the law firm – Miner, Barnhill and Galland where he practiced as a civil rights lawyer. Simultaneously, he also was a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.
  • In 1996, Obama was elected as a Democrat from the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park when he ran for the Illinois State Senate.
  • In 2000, Barack was unsuccessful in the Democratic primary for the US House of Representatives, a seat held by Bobby Rush a 4-term incumbent.
  • In 2003, Obama set his sights on the US Senate owing to a seat that fell vacant following the exit of Peter Fitzgerald, a Republican. Barack won 52% of the vote in the 2004 Democratic primary, when he defeated Illinois Comptroller, Daniel Hynes and Blair Hull, a multi-millionaire businessman.
  • At the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Obama delivered the keynote speech in support of John Kerry.
  • Barack Obama was elected to the US Senate in the November 2004 general election with a thumping 70% of the vote. In January 2005, Barack was sworn into office, during which time, he joined hands with Republican Senator Richard Lugar to work on a bill that espoused the dismantling of weapons of mass destruction in Russia and Eastern Europe. During this time, Obama also partnered Republican Senator, Tom Corburn to launch a website to track federal spending.
  • Barack Obama hit the headlines in February 2007, when he formally announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination, a significant chapter in the biography of Barack Obama.
  • On June 3, 2008 Barack was declared winner and Democratic Presidential nominee following a tight battle with New York Senator (and current Secretary of State) Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • In one of the most spectacular, media-driven presidential elections in US history and watched by a global audience running into the tens of millions, Barack Obama defeated his rival, Republican presidential nominee, John McCain to become the 44th President of the United States of America – the first African American to achieve this and a milestone in Barack Obama history.

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