Barack Obama (Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership)
Hope Lourie Killcoyne
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Profiles the United States' forty-fourth president, describing his early life and career, rise in politics, historic nomination and election, and time as president.
claimed at least 303 electoral votes to challenger Mitt Romney’s 206 and in the process swept virtually all of the so-called battleground states where the presidential race had been most hotly contested, including Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Iowa, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, among others. For his part, Romney was able to carry only two of the states that Obama had won in the 2008 election—Indiana and North Carolina. The final margin in the popular vote stood at more than 50 percent for Obama and
Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009. MSgt Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force/U.S. Department of Defense A young Barack Obama is seen in this undated photograph with his father, Barack Obama, Sr. AP Photo/Obama for America When Barack was two years old, Barack Sr. left to study at Harvard University; shortly thereafter, in 1964, he and Ann divorced. (Obama saw his father only one more time, during a brief visit when Obama was 10.) Later Ann remarried,
Obama romps on the beach with his grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham, sometime during the 1960s. AP Photo/Obama Presidential Campaign He returned to Hawaii in 1971 and lived in a modest apartment, sometimes with his grandparents and sometimes with his mother (she remained for a time in Indonesia, returned to Hawaii, and then went abroad again—partly to pursue work on a Ph.D.—before divorcing Soetoro in 1980). For a brief period his mother was aided by government food stamps, but the family
Democratic presidential nomination, he announced his selection of Biden as the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nominee in August. In November Obama and Biden defeated John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin. Biden resigned from the Senate shortly before taking office as vice president in January 2009. Michelle and Barack Obama and Jill and Joe Biden at Invesco Field on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 28, 2008. Carol M. Highsmith/Library of
a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, not far from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. A year later, Obama traveled to Afghanistan to mark the first anniversary of bin Laden’s death. While there, he and Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement, which pledged long-term U.S. support for Afghanistan after the scheduled withdrawal of international combat forces from that country by the end of 2014. The Hunt for Osama bin Laden In the aftermath of the Sept.