Barack Obama (full name Barack Hussein Obama, Jr) is the current President-Elect of the United States of America. He worked as a civil rights lawyer, university lecturer and community organizer until his election to the United States senate. But where was Barack Obama born? This article will answer that very question, and also look at five interesting facts about Barack Obama.
Where was Barack Obama Born
On the 4th of August, 1961, Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr, is of Kenyan dissent and his mother, Ann Dunham is of American dissent. During his early years, Barack Obama was called Barry by his friends and family. At six years of age, Barack Obama and his mother went to Indonesia where Barack Obama lived until ten years of age. He was then sent to live with his grandparents in Honolulu and he stayed there until he graduated from high school in 1979. Obama’s parents separated when he was two years old, and he remembers little of his father who tragically died in a motor vehicle accident in 1982. His is, however, glad that he grew up in Hawaii and was exposed to many different cultures. So now you know where Barack Obama was born and you also know a little about his childhood. Now let’s look at six interesting facts about Barack Obama.
Six Interesting Facts about Barack Obama
Fact 1: Obama became an overnight celebrity when he delivered a powerful keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. He spoke about national unity, and expressed concern over the Bush governments handling of the Iraq war.
Fact 2: Barack Obama holds the record for the largest electoral victory in a Senate election in the state of Illinois, receiving 70% of the vote.
Fact 3: Obama has written two bestselling books. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance was his first bestseller, published in 1995. It is about his childhood and election to the Harvard Law School. His second bestseller, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, is his personal commentary on United States politics.
Fact 4: His top three election promises were ending the war in Iraq, providing universal health care and increasing energy independence.
Fact 5: Obama has attracted some criticism from churches and pro-life groups due to his support for legal abortion.