President Obama 's Impact On America Essay

778 Words Oct 25th, 2016 4 Pages
The purpose of this assignment is to help us get familiar with the people who have made a mark on America and their contributions. The person I choose to do my assignment on is President Barack Obama II. Born Barack Hussein Obama on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii to parents Ann Dunham, a white American from Kansas, and Barack Obama, Sr, a black Kenyan. Obama 's father left the family when Obama was two and, after further studies at Harvard University, returned to Kenya, where he died in an automobile accident nineteen years later. After his parents divorced, Obama 's mother married another foreign student at the University of Hawaii, Lolo Soetoro of Indonesia. From age six through ten, Obama lived with his mother and stepfather in Indonesia, where he attended Catholic and Muslim schools. "I was raised as an Indonesian child and a Hawaiian child and as a black child and as a white child," Obama later recalled. "And so what I benefited from is a multiplicity of cultures that all fed me."

Obama moved back to Hawaii to live with his mothers’ parents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham, and to attend Hawaii 's prestigious Punahou School from fifth grade through graduation from high school. While Obama was in school, she divorced Soetoro, returned to Hawaii to study cultural anthropology at the university, and then went back to Indonesia to do field research. Living with his grandparents, Obama was a good but not outstanding student at Punahou, played varsity basketball and, as he later…

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