Barack Obama

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Honolulu, Barack Obama.

Born of American and Kenyan descent, Barack Hussein Obama II is now one of the most influential presidents of the United States.
His father, Barack Obama Sr., studied at the University of Hawaii where he met his wife, Barack’s mother Ann Dunham. They weren’t married for long, however, as he returned to Kenya to work in a government position. The future president moved with his mother shortly after she met and married an Indonesian. He spent the next few years in Jakarta and eventually moved back to live with his grandparents in Honolulu to spend the rest of his childhood in the United States.

He earned a scholarship to study at the prestigious Punahou School, the top college preparatory institution in the state of Hawaii. His educational trajectory would later include Occidental College in Los Angeles, Columbia University in New York (to which he transferred as a junior in University from Occidental to study political science, specializing in international relations), and finally Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts to finish his formal education. Later, he was invited to teach at the University of Chicago Law School as a Visiting Law and Government Fellow. It was in Chicago that he met his current wife, now first-lady, Michelle Robinson (now known as First Lady Michelle Obama).

He officially started his political career in 1996, when he became Senator for the state of Illinois. He then ran for U.S. Senate, where he was in a position from 2005 to 2008. Then, in 2008, he ran for President of the United States and became the country’s first African-American president in January of 2009. He is now in his second term of presidency.

The ex-smoker and two-time Grammy award winner is the first American president born in Hawaii. He is also a father of two, Malia and Sasha, and lives in the White House with his family and a Portuguese Water Dog, a gift from the Kennedy’s.


i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary VOCABULARY

to move (from where you live) = mudarse
scholarship = una beca
junior (in school) = en el tercer curso
fellow = miembro, compañero
current: actual
to run for president = aspirar a la presidencia
second term of Presidency = segunda legislatura de presidencia

27/10/2015Level - difficulty 2United StatesAudioText3 min