What is Barack Obama's background?

Barack Obama is the son to a Kenyan father and Kansan mother. Born in Honolulu in 1961, Obama lived in Hawaii and Indonesia as a child. His hard work earned him entrance into Columbia University where he majored in political science with a specialization in international relations.


Obama later worked in New York and Chicago, where he assisted low income residents around the south side of the Windy City. Obama then entered Harvard Law School where he became the Harvard Law Review's first black president in its 104 year history. He went on to graduate magna cum laude.


In 1992 Barack married Michelle Robinson, then he began work for Miner, Barnhill & Galland. As an associate attorney for the firm, Barack represented community organizers, discrimination claims, and voting rights cases. Obama also began teaching constitutional law at the University of Chiacgo Law School.


In 1996 Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate where he served until 2004, the year he was elected to the United States Senate. While still serving as an Illinois state legislator, Barack gives the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. This is the first time most Americans were introduced to Obama, and the reception was overwhelmingly enthusiastic.


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