Barack Obama: A Leader in a Time of Change

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As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "The son of a Kenyan economist and a white Kansas anthropologist is a man not easily defined . . . he's smart, but not arrogant; passionate, but not ideological; confident, but open to other points of view; black and proud of it, but not bound or consumed by race." The man of mixed race and strong character is Barack Hussein Obama, forty-fourth president of the United States. Obama first captured the attention of Americans in 2004, when the little-known state ...

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Overview

As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "The son of a Kenyan economist and a white Kansas anthropologist is a man not easily defined . . . he's smart, but not arrogant; passionate, but not ideological; confident, but open to other points of view; black and proud of it, but not bound or consumed by race." The man of mixed race and strong character is Barack Hussein Obama, forty-fourth president of the United States. Obama first captured the attention of Americans in 2004, when the little-known state senator gave a riveting speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) before 20 million viewers. In 2008, nearly twice as many people watched Obama at the DNC - this time to accept the Democratic presidential nomination. What drew voters to this man who would become the first black president of the United States? As president, Obama faces one of the nation's worst economic crises. With the promise of change, Obama is working to bring hope and security to the nation once again. At his inaugural address, President Obama said "We must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
This interesting book gives a comprehensive account of Barack Obama from birth until after his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. He explains who he is, telling the reader of his father from Kenya and his mother from Kansas. Obama attended Occidental College for two years. He transferred to Columbia University and graduated with a degree in political science. He earned a law degree, with honors, from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was elected the editor of the Harvard Law Review. He met Michelle Robinson while he was on an internship. Michelle, also, has a law degree from Harvard. She was reluctant to date him initially, but after dating, they decided to get married. He took her to Kenya to meet his family on his father's side. Afterwards, Obama took Michelle to Hawaii to meet his grandparents on his mother's side. They are the parents of two young daughters, Malia and Sasha, and they are the first young children to live in the White House since Amy Carter. The Obama daughters are well supervised. Both parents are actively involved in their daily lives. Their maternal grandmother also lives in the White House with them. In addition, they are provided secret service agents wherever they go. The project Michelle selected to give attention to is families of the military. President Obama has many difficult tasks before him that became even more apparent after he took office. Part of the "Lifeline Biographies" representing people who achieved success in their chosen fields. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761342359
  • Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Sirvaitis is an author and editor. She wrote many of the Across the USA TODAY titles and most recently USA TODAY's Lifeline Biography of Barack Obama.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Common Ground 4

Chapter 1 Across Oceans and Continents 7

Chapter 2 Getting an Education 24

Chapter 3 Kenya to Harvard 36

Chapter 4 A Career in Politics 46

Chapter 5 In the Spotlight 58

Chapter 6 The Campaign Trail 70

Chapter 7 A New Era of Responsibility 90

Glossary 102

Source Notes 104

Selected Bibliography 106

Further Reading and Websites 107

Index 109

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