Interview Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Autobiography of Barack Obama

Early Life and Education

I was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. My name is Barack Hussein Obama II. My mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was from Kansas, and my father, Barack Obama Sr., hailed from Kenya. They met while studying at the University of Hawaii but separated when I was quite young. When my mother remarried, we moved to Indonesia, giving me a diverse cultural perspective from a young age.

After returning to Hawaii and graduating high school, I left the islands to attend college on the mainland. I studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles before transferring to Columbia University in New York City, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Community Organizer and Harvard Law School

Upon graduation, I moved to Chicago, working as a community organizer, a job that gave me my first insight into the systemic problems plaguing marginalized communities. This work inspired me to pursue law; I saw it as a way to make meaningful changes at a systemic level. I entered Harvard Law School in 1988 and graduated in 1991, an experience enriched by my time as the President of the Harvard Law Review — a first for an African American.

Political Career in Illinois

Returning to Chicago, I taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School while practicing as a civil rights attorney. My journey into politics started with my election to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. I served there for eight years, focusing on ethics reform, health care, and early childhood education.

U.S. Senate and Presidential Campaign

In 2004, I was elected to the U.S. Senate, a time marked by my opposition to the Iraq War and efforts to control conventional weapons. The real turning point, however, came when I was selected to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention that same year. That speech put me on the national stage and set the stage for my presidential campaign.

Presidency and Key Policies

In 2008, I was elected as the 44th President of the United States, the first African American to hold the office. My administration focused on a range of issues: economic recovery following the Great Recession, health care reform — culminating in the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”), and advancing civil rights for LGBTQ+ individuals.

I was re-elected in 2012, allowing me to continue the work we had started. Climate change also became a key focus of my second term, as evidenced by our role in negotiating the Paris Agreement.


After completing my second term in 2017, my focus shifted to the Obama Foundation, a non-profit I founded with my wife, Michelle. The organization’s mission is to inspire and empower people to change their world.

Throughout my life, I have striven to uphold the values of progress, inclusivity, and unity. From my humble beginnings to the highest office in the land, my journey has been guided by a deep-seated belief in the American Dream and the potential for our collective action to bring about meaningful change.

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