As the first black man to ever serve as President of the United States, President Barack Obama is truly a symbol of equality for the United States of America. The 44th and current president of the United States has implemented several controversial, yet powerful legislations and policies and continues to do so. He is also currently campaigning for his second term in office, in a race with heavy republican competition.
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Barack moved around quite a bit during his youth, attending schools in Jakarta from six to ten years of age and then returning to Honolulu to finish his education. Barack has said himself that he was very confused about his identity when he was young, resorting to the use of drugs to combat his troubles.
Despite troubles in his youth, Barack Obama continued to attend the prestigious Harvard Law School and was a lawyer for several years. After this he also taught at the University of Chicago Law School for an extensive period of time, almost twelve years. He also took part in several efforts to reinvigorate the developing communities of Chicago.
Barack Obama began his political career with a successful bid for the Illinois Senate in 1996. Later he became a U.S. Senator in 2005, acting as such for three years after which he resigned in order to focus on his impending presidential campaign. Obama competed with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, a difficult feat as both candidates represented powerful minorities. Obama won 52.9% of the popular vote in the presidential race and officially became President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.
During his presidency Barack Obama created several economic stimulus packages in response to the economic recession that may rival the Great Depression. He also repealed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy of the military, gaining him much support from homosexuals. In May of 2012, he became the first United States President to openly support gay marriage. Another notable achievement is his successful control of the military operation that resulted in the death of renowned terrorist Osama bin Laden.