Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States of America. The unique fact about his election is that he was also the first African American to be chosen for the presidency. First served in the office in 2008, Obama was elected for a second term in 2012. In general, Barack Obama’s presidency has generated a lot of interest not only in the United States but all over the world as well. Obama is not an international figure because of the color of his skin, but because of what he stands for, the values that he believes in. He managed to beat John McCain in the race to the White House not because he was a superhero, but because he embodied what Americans had been lacking for a very long time: hope.
After serving on the Illinois State Senate, he was elected a U.S. senator representing Illinois in 2004. He and wife Michelle Obama have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
The son of parents from Kansas and Kenya, Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, and raised in Hawaii. The future president of the United States of America was born to Barack Obama, Sr., a Kenyan, and Stanley Ann Dunham, from the US. While attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Barack’s father met Ann Dunham. The couple got engaged and married on February 2, 1961. Six months later, the future American leader was born. The word “Barack” means “the one who is blessed.” Barack graduated from Harvard Law School and Columbia University. It is important to mention that at Harvard Law School, he occupied the post of the Harvard Law Review.
In 1991, Barack Obama graduated from Harvard Law School. During the period 1991-2004, he began to teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. In 1993, while still occupying the position of a teacher, he also served as director of the Developing Communities Project based on eight Catholic parishes. At the same time, Barack started his job at a law firm located in Chicago, where he was focused on civil rights litigation.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson and Barack Obama met at Sidley Austin company, where the young woman worked as his adviser. They fell in love and began to date. On October 3, 1992, Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama were wed. They welcomed two daughters that were named Malia Ann (July 4, 1998) and Natasha (June 10, 2001). We have here the interesting fact that Barack Obama’s wife has become well-known for her intelligent and faithful demeanor, and her care for military families and intense efforts to battle obesity.
As the US president, Barack Obama succeeded to achieve a lot for his country. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan is about to become history, thanks to Obama-government policies. The national leader successfully handled many international conflicts that he inherited when he took office. When Barack Obama ordered all American troops to leave Iraq, it was the moment when the world-famous war was finally over. Many saw his anti-war sentiments as being cowardly, but the truth is the US does not have to be involved in a war that is basically senseless.
In 2010, Barack Obama started his healthcare program and signed the so-called Affordable Care Act. The Act extended health coverage to nearly 32 million US citizens and significantly cut health care costs. His healthcare changed the way people access healthcare in the country. His economic policies have helped a lot of people survive the recent economic crunch.
Among the achievements of the 44th president of the United States, the actual budget increase at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010 and 2011 was of outstanding significance. There are more than 19.3 million veterans in the United States of America that need care when they get back home from service. But the reality was that they didn’t always find the help they were in need of. The president also signed a new GI bill that covered approximately $78 billion needed to boost businesses and education for American veterans.
Part of the recession that the first African American president inherited was caused by a lack of special regulations within Wall Street and banking systems. To battle this, the national leader signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010. His drastic reform put an end to frivolous and unreasonable loan procedures and improper use of bank assets. In other words, President Barack Obama exerted every effort to make US and Wall Street bankers as accountable as possible.
It was the First Lady Michelle Obama to enhance high school nutrition. In professional cooperation with Michelle Obama, Barack Obama signed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to support high school lunch programs. $4.5 billion helped to double the vegetables and fruits that kids eat every day. Besides, the program also includes regular servings of whole grains needed to boost kids’ nutrition quality.
In 2009, president Barack Obama reorganized and modernized the US auto industry. In exchange for working capital and loans of companies like Chrysler and General Motors, the government of the country oversaw the industry restructuring. This, in turn, saved over 4 million jobs and made the corporations more competitive in the global arena and more fuel-efficient.
Green initiatives that the US president Barack Obama encouraged can’t be put aside as well. His so-called “Stealth Climate Policy” let drastically decrease carbon emissions all over the country, as well as close the most toxic power factories and plants. What is more, in 2009, Barack Obama also signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act. The document became solid protection for nearly two million acres of wildlife.
On October 9, 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that Barack Obama was the one to get the Nobel Peace Prize. The US president became Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.” The representatives of the committee also gave emphasis to the fact that Barack Obama had withdrawn US troops from Iraq, as well as cut nuclear warhead stockpiles in the United States.
All in all, US President Barack Obama completely changed the country’s image in the international arena. With his use of fair practices and diplomacy, Obama chanced what the foreign partners thought of the United States after the era of anti-USA sentiments. During the period 2008-2011, a survey among fifteen countries demonstrated favorable opinions toward the country and proved they rose significantly.
Pundits had tried to discredit Barack Obama on the basis that he lacked the necessary experience to run the affairs of the United States. However, it is clear that what America needs at this time is a visionary, such as Obama – a man, who not only promises hope but who acts on his promises. He managed to achieve what many other presidents ahead of him failed to achieve. During his presidency, Obama provided American people with what they had been looking for – a good reason to believe in themselves, regardless of class, race, or even religion. He is not just the other Washington puppet! He is a selfless leader who inspired his people and helped the whole country regain respect from the rest of the world.