Achieving Power in Government

Feb 01, 2010 | By TFK Staff

November 4, 2008, will be forever remembered as the day change came to the nation. American voters went to the polls and gave Barack Obama a resounding victory. He won more votes than any candidate in U.S. history. His popularity was proven once again as 2 million people braved frigid temperatures on the National Mall to witness history on January 20, 2009, when Obama officially became the first African-American President of the United States.

Obama’s father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born and raised in Kenya, Africa. His mother, Ann Dunham, was raised in Kansas. He grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Harvard Law School, in Boston, Massachusetts. Obama worked as a civil rights lawyer in Chicago, Illinois, and in 1996, was elected to the Illinois State Senate. He won a U.S. Senate seat in 2004.

The Illinois senator entered the Presidential race as an underdog, running against New York senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination. But his promises to unite the nation and bring change to Washington, D.C., helped him win the Democratic Party nomination and ultimately the Presidency. His historic victory reminds people that America is a place where all things are possible.


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