Barack Obama: President for a New Era

Overview

On a cold day in February 2007, Barack Obama—the popular African American senator from Illinois—announced that he was running for president of the United States. He made the announcement in Springfield, Illinois, where almost 150 years earlier Abraham Lincoln had warned Americans of the danger of living in a country divided by slavery. Obama said that day, "Few obstacles can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change. By ourselves, this change will not happen. Divided, we are bound to fail. But ...

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Overview

On a cold day in February 2007, Barack Obama—the popular African American senator from Illinois—announced that he was running for president of the United States. He made the announcement in Springfield, Illinois, where almost 150 years earlier Abraham Lincoln had warned Americans of the danger of living in a country divided by slavery. Obama said that day, "Few obstacles can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change. By ourselves, this change will not happen. Divided, we are bound to fail. But the life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us that a different future is possible." In 2007, many people doubted the junior senator had a chance of winning the Democratic Party's nomination, much less the presidential race. But Obama toughed it out over many months of campaigning on promises of change to eventually gain the highest office in the land, becoming the first African American president of the United

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Brill has written a nice introductory book about Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, and the first African American and first Hawaiian-born president. Barack was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother was a white woman named Stanley Ann Dunham, and his father, a black man from Africa. They divorced a few years later. When Barack, who was called Barry as a child, moved to Indonesia with his stepfather and mother, his world changed. He went to a local Catholic school, but his mother worried about his education and supplemented his school learning with home lessons. At the age of 10, his mother sent him back to Honolulu to live with his grandparents. She and his baby sister would follow later. In his high school years, Barrack was struggling to find out who he was. In 1981, he moved to New York City and enrolled at Columbia University. He graduated with a degree in political science and went to work for a Developing Communities Project in Chicago. Then he applied to law school and graduated from Harvard Law in 1991. A year later he married Michelle Robinson, and in a few years they had two daughters. Barack entered politics in 1998 when he won the election for Illinois state senator, and then U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2004. In 2007 he announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for president. In 2008, he was chosen to run for president and became the first African American president of the United States. The facts are all here in this 48-page book for any child interested in reading about the life of President Barack Obama. Important dates and further reading are included. Color and black and white photographs illustrate thetext. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal
Gr 3–7—This revision of Barack Obama: Working to Make a Difference (Lerner, 2006) updates that work through the 2008 election. Laden with photographs and interviews with former teachers, coaches, coworkers and friends, the text introduces interesting details and anecdotes about the president. His is an inspirational life but not without hardships or bad decisions. He felt the humiliation of racial slurs and tried drugs before turning to books by black authors to help him find direction. His work as a community organizer was challenging, and he could have given it up to work at a high-power law firm, but he chose to help people solve their problems, register to vote, and become advocates for themselves. The strength of this book is in the background information that it provides, but it, too, is already dated.—Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575059501
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Gateway Biographies Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlene Targ Brill has written a number of titles under the Lerner, Millbrook, and Twenty-First Century imprints, among them Margaret Knight: Girl Inventor, Diary of a Drummer Boy, Tourette Syndrome, and Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad.

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Table of Contents

Beginning with Family 9

A Tale of Two Homelands 16

School Years 20

Finding Direction 25

Pounding the Pavement 27

Family in Kenya 30

Breaking Barriers 32

Running for Public Office 35

National Office 37

Mr. President 42

Important Dates 45

Further Reading 47

Index 48

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