Barack Obama: Celebrating Black Excellence In Leadership And Honor

by Duke Magazine

Barack Hussein Obama is an American politician, writer, attorney, and social commentator. He served as the 44th president of the United States, becoming the first Black president in the White House. 

Born in 1961, Obama holds a degree in law from Harvard Law School and also became the first Black man to head the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation as an attorney, he was into academics at the University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004. 

With a foray into politics, Obama was the 13th District representative between 1997 and 2004 in the Illinois State, from where he went to the United States Senate. While in the senate, he co-sponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act. He introduced two initiatives that bore his name: Lugar–Obama, which expanded the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction concept to conventional weapons; and the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, which authorized the establishment of, a web search engine on federal spending.

In the 2008 U.S presidential election, Obama of the Democratic Party defeated John McCain of the Republican Party to emerge as the winner of the close tie election. His victory got the rest of the world astonished as the first Black man to take the seat of almighty power in the United States. Obama delivered his speech of victory before hundreds of thousands of supporters in Chicago’s Grant Park.

Obama advances in his presidential feat by being re-elected the US president for the second term in 2012 after defeating Mitt Romney of the Republican Party. Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013. 

Speaking on his victory, Obama addressed supporters and volunteers at Chicago’s McCormick Place after his re-election and said: “Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties.”

On performance scale, Obama’s presidency has generally been regarded favorably, and evaluations of his presidency among historians, political scientists, and the general public place him among the upper tier of American presidents. 

As a living legend, Obama’s most significant legacy is generally considered to be the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), provisions of which went into effect from 2010 to 2020. Many attempts by Senate Republicans to repeal the PPACA, including a “skinny repeal,” have thus far failed.

In a 2018 survey of historians by the American Political Science Association ranked Obama the 8th-greatest American President. Obama gained 10 spots from the same survey in 2015 from the Bookings Institution that ranked Obama the 18th-greatest American President.

As a writer, Obama authored Amazon bestselling book “A Promised Land”.

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