The Contributions Of President Obama And The Life Of Barack Obama

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Accepting the Democratic nomination for presidential candidacy in 2008, Barack Obama expressed how he thought the government should interact with citizens. “…Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work…” (Schuman 120). In making these remarks, Obama reveals what he wants to achieve for the nation. Obama’s ultimate goal is to try to help Americans in every possible way. He started to achieve this by becoming involved in politics. He was able to become a state senator for the state of Illinois, a United States senator representing Illinois, and the forty-fourth president of the …show more content…
This leads the reader to question: In what ways has Barack Obama helped shape the lives of American citizens for the better? To completely answer this question, one must understand the following main points: his background, his time as a senator, and his presidential legacy. Once these topics are covered, it is clear how Obama’s compassion and positive nature have allowed him to become an American icon whose contributions are countless.
On the 4 August 1961, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to father Barack Obama Sr. and mother Ann Dunham. His father was from Kenya, and his mother was from Kansas, making the relationship that they had frowned upon and rare. Barack Obama Sr. was planning to get his master 's degree shortly after his son was born. With these goals set in mind, he left his son and his wife in Hawaii while he moved to New York, where he would receive his degree at Harvard Law School. Ann and Barack Sr. 's relationship quickly weakened, and they soon divorced. Alone in Hawaii, Ann met an Indonesian man named Lolo Soetoro. Ann and Lolo married, and soon moved with
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Obama excelled in his schooling, so Ann thought it would be best for him to move back to Honolulu, live with his grandparents, and finish high school at Punahou Academy, a preparatory school in Hawaii. After Obama finished his secondary education, he was given a scholarship to pay for all of his tuition at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. There, he became involved in one of his first political movements: ending apartheid in South Africa. Obama sent letters, looked for speakers, and planned rallies against the South African government’s actions. Obama was pleased with his life at Occidental, but he felt as if he could get more out of his career. He transferred to Columbia University in New York City for his junior year of college. There, he majored in political science, his favorite subject being international relations. Obama stated, "...When I transferred, I decided to buckle down and get serious. I spent a lot of time in the library. I didn 't socialize that much. I was like a monk..." (48). In making this comment, Obama shows that he has a passion to succeed, and is always willing to better himself to in turn, benefit others. In 1988, Obama entered into Harvard Law School to further his knowledge and

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