By Jane Sutcliffe
Describes the lifetime of our forty fourth president from his delivery to a mom from Kansas and a father from Kenya, via his early life, and faculty years, and his paintings as a neighborhood organizer in Chicago to his access into politics as a nation senator and his meteoric upward thrust to the presidency and inauguration because the first African American U.S. president.
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He immediately liked Barack’s easy style of speaking. Kerry asked Barack to give an important speech. Barack would give it at a large meeting, the Democratic National Convention, on July 27, 2004. Thousands of people would be there to watch. Millions more would see him on TV. Nice to Meet You, Mr. Alabama In his speeches, Barack often poked fun at his odd name. People were always getting it wrong, he said. ” 32 The Democratic National Convention gave Barack the chance to be seen and heard around the world.
Obama, Barack. “Remarks of Illinois State Sen. ” Organizing for America. October 2, 2002. barackobama. php (March 24, 2009). Obama, Barack. ” National Public Radio. March 18, 2008. storyId=88478467 (April 1, 2009). Obama, Barack. ” CBS News. February 10, 2007. shtml (March 26, 2009). , 6, 7, 10, 17 Obama, Malia, 26, 27, 35, 44 Obama, Michelle (née Robinson), 23, 25, 27, 28, 41, 44 Obama, Natasha (Sasha), 28, 44 Occidental College, 12, 13, 14, 15, 44 Kenya, 6, 17, 19, 20, 33 Democratic National Convention, 32, 40, 44 Dreams from My Father, 24, 44 Dunham, Ann, 6, 7, 8, 9 Harvard University, 7, 21, 23, 44 Hawaii, 6, 9, 12, 13, 44 University of Chicago, 24 Acknowledgments For photographs and artwork: The images in this book are used with the permission of: © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images, p.
Six-yearold Malia turned to her father. ” she asked. It was a question a lot of people were asking. 35 5 “A Politics of Hope” A spotlight seemed to be shining on the new senator. After his big speech, people all over the country wanted to hear him speak. Television reporters wanted to interview him. Over and over, he heard the same question. Would he run for president? He kept saying no. 36 Barack just wanted to think about his new job. He was used to worrying about the problems of one state. Trying to solve the problems of a country was a much bigger task.
Barack Obama (History Maker Bios) by Jane Sutcliffe