Barack Obama was one of the coolest presidents to ever set foot in the White House. The 44th President of one of the most powerful countries in the world was also the first African-American President of the United States. A man of astounding character and discipline, Mr. Obama has been an inspiration to millions of people both in the country and around the globe.
Mr.Obama’s life has been a real rollercoaster. From growing up in a small town in Hawaii to claiming his place at the White House, his journey to the most powerful seat in the States is one of hard work, undeterred grit, and a steely resolve to make the world a better place. However, very little is known about the charming man from Kenya. In this article by Motivation Castle, we’re going to take a look at some of the most astounding facts surrounding Barack Obama’s life, and his way up the throne.
1. EARLY LIFE
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, at the Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was born to Stanley Ann Dunham, an American and Barack Obama Sr. from Kenya. In Swahili, the name Barack roughly means “blessed”.
2. TOP OF CLASS
In the year 1983 Obama graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science And English Literature He took a five-year break from school to work as a market researcher and then as a community organizer. In 1988 he enrolled in Harvard law school and received his law degree in 1991, graduating magna cum laude.
3. GOING LEGAL
After his graduation from law school in 1991, Obama went on to teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago law school from 1992 to 2004. From April to October of 1992, while teaching at the University of Chicago law school, Obama had directed the Illinois Project Vote, a voter registration campaign directing a team of volunteers of 150,000 of previously unregistered African Americans.
4. DOTING FATHER
While little Barack Jr. spent his childhood in Seattle with his mother, his father went on to attend Harvard school on the East Coast. Obama’s father would only visit him once in 10 years. He passed away in an accident in 1982, which precluded that Junior and Senior could never spend some real father-son time together.
This may be why Obama strives to be such a devoted father to his two daughters. He never lets his work get in the way of spending time with his family and always puts family first.
5. GIVING TO THE COMMUNITY
In Illinois in 1993, while working as a teacher, Obama also went to work as the director of a community project in an organization that consisted of 8 catholic parishes on Chicago’s south side. He used his role as a community organizer to set up job training programs and tenant-right operations. He was also an instructor in a community organization for a private organizing institute.
During the year 1993, he joined a law firm in Chicago that specialized in civil rights litigation, first as an associate for three years before being promoted to counselor. He held this position for eight years.
6. WORKPLACE ROMANCE GONE RIGHT
Barack and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson first met at Sidney Law Firm, where they worked together. 28 years and two beautiful daughters later, we can safely say that workplace romances do work out. And they work out miraculously well.
7. YOUNG GUN
On the 10th of February 2007, Obama announced to the world that he would be running for the president of The United States Of America. He had come so far, he wasn’t going to back down now.
Mr. Obama was officially inaugurated as the President of the United States Of America, one of the most powerful nations in the world, on January 20, 2009. When he was sworn into the office, he was only 47 years old, making him the fifth-youngest president of the United States.
He was re-elected in 2012 in November after defeating republic nominee Mitt Romney and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013. He had lived up to the hopes of the people and was now ready to land a few more punches.
8. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY?
If you think hard work is everything and that by grinding yourself to death you would be happy, we recommend putting that thought in the trash. You can never be as busy as the President of the United States, so if he is able to take some time off and have fun, you can too.
Mr. Obama knows how important his job is. But that doesn’t let him from stopping every now and then to destress and play around. Work hard, play harder.
9. PENNING HISTORY
Many people don’t know this, but a young Obama always had a special interest in reading and writing. He’d absorb himself with books and read everything he could get his hands on. As the first black editor for the Harvard Law Review, Mr. Obama managed to get the attention of a certain publisher. With their help, he was asked to write a book on relations of race and diversity.
This book was published in 1995 as his autobiography, titled DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE. In the book, Mr. Obama has detailed out the joys of life, the frustrations, and the regrets of his early high school days in Honolulu.
A few of the other books that he has written are The Audacity Of Hope and Of Thee, I Sing – A Letter To My Daughters. There is also the bestseller Change We Can Believe In.
Barack Obama is an inspiration to millions of people, and the reason why he has been a role model to so many people is that he is a man of his words, and he practices what he preaches. A loving father, a caring father, and a devoted man of the country, the most fun President to have ever set foot in the White House was a commendable man, one of great character, and a President by all means.