Barack Obama splashed onto the political scene with an inspirational, rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. From that night on, Obamamania was very real. He is bold and audacious; his rhetoric fiery, convincing and very compelling. He encourages cross-over appeal, discourse, affiliation, and has drawn many Americans, including today's youth, into politics. This is the story of a man of mixed race heritage who inspires, listens, compromises, and is often bipartisan. With a charismatic smile and a cadre of "change we can believe in," many believe that he embodies the American dream. Thousands have turned out to hear the dynamic senator from Illinois speak as he campaigns to become the next President of the United States. Barack Obama says that his story could only take place in America, and this revealing biography traces the events of his remarkable life thus far. From his upbringing in humble circumstances in Hawaii and Indonesia to becoming the fifth African American senator in U.S. history, and later, a presidential candidate, this well-researched volume highlights the hardships and successes, the people who most influenced his career, his personal life, and his meteoric rise to pop icon status. Rounded out with photos, a timeline, a bibliography, and an index, this volume is a must-read for high school and undergraduate students of current events and political science.
About the Author
JOANN F. PRICE is a writing coach and author of Martha Stewart: A Biography.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword ix
Timeline: Events Significant to the Life of Barack Obama xiii
Family History 1
Formative Years in Hawaii and Indonesia 17
College and Community Activism in Chicago 29
A Trip to Kenya and Harvard Law School 41
Teaching Constitutional Law, Marriage, Family, and Illinois State Politics 51
The Senator from the State of Illinois 65
Best-selling Author, Michelle Obama, and Another Trip to Africa 77
Obamamania, an Exploratory Committee, and the Announcement 85
The Campaign for the Presidency 97
The Campaign Continues 111