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Barack Obama Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Instructor: Jeremy Cook

I have been teaching elementary school for 16 years. I have extensive experience in lesson and curriculum development and educational technology.

Here's a riddle. Who loves basketball, doesn't like ice cream and made history in 2008? If you guessed Barack Obama, you're right. This lesson will give a quick overview of his life and career.

Early Life

Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. Barack did not have a relationship with his father as a boy. His father moved to Massachusetts to study at Harvard, and Barack and his mother stayed in Hawaii.

His parents divorced when he was very young. His mother remarried, and they moved to the city of Jakarta in Indonesia. When he was ten years old, he moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents.

After high school, Barack graduated from Columbia University in New York and then went to Harvard Law School to become a lawyer. After Harvard, Barack moved to Chicago, Illinois, to become a civil rights lawyer. He also taught classes at the University of Chicago Law School.

While working as a lawyer, Barack met a woman named Michelle, and the two fell in love. They married on October 3, 1992. Six years later, they gave birth to their first daughter, Malia. In 2001, they had their second daughter, Sasha.

Barack Obama gives his historic victory speech after winning the presidential election in 2008.
Obama Victory

Political Life and Accomplishments

Obama is a member of the Democratic political party. While working as a professor, Obama became involved in getting people to vote. He did this by helping people register to vote during Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992.

In 1996, Barack Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate and won. He worked hard to get better healthcare and education to the poor. In 2000, he ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but lost. Without being discouraged, he continued to fight and work, and in 2004, he won election to the U.S. Senate. That same year, he was asked to give the main speech at the Democratic convention for presidential candidate John Kerry.

Just 4 years later, Obama ran for president. He ran against fellow democrat Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary and won the nomination. He then went on to defeat Senator John McCain in the general election to become the first African-American president of the United States.

As president, Obama has had many accomplishments, including two very influential acts. The first was the passing of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care coverage for American citizens. The second was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which gave money to help education, transportation, health and energy. He was re-elected as president in 2012, defeating republican Mitt Romney.

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