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Project 2 - Candidate Biographies

Project 2 - Candidate Biographies - NAME MOHAMED RAJANI...

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NAME: MOHAMED RAJANI COURSE: US NATIONAL POLITICS (PSC 100-B) INSTRUCTOR: PROF. O’DONNELL SUBMISSION DATE: SEPTEMBER 26 2008 INFORMATION OF 2008 US ELECTIONS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES Barack Hussein Obama II – Democratic Party Presidential Nominee BIOGRAPHY [1][2] Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu Hawaii to a Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr., and an American mother, Ann Dunham. At the time of his birth, Obama’s parents were University students in Hawaii, where his father had won a scholarship according him a leave from Kenya. At the age of two, Obama’s parents officially separated – and were divorced later. While Obama’s father pursued his PhD studies at Harvard, he moved to Jakarta with his newly- wedded mother and Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetoro. Obama attended schools in Jakarta which used the Indonesian language as the medium of instruction. However, he moved back to Hawaii at age ten to live with his maternal grandparents. He was later joined by his mother (she died of ovarian cancer in 1995). After attending the prestigious high school Punahou Academy in Hawaii, and upon graduating with honors in 1979, Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles for a couple of years and subsequently moved to New York’s Columbia University where he graduated with a political science degree. Obama then worked for a year with Business International Corporation as a junior editor and later for the New York Public Interest Research group before moving to Chicago to serve as Director of the Developing Communities Project, a Christian faith community organization. During his three years in Chicago, Obama worked on job training and college preparatory tutoring programs. In 1988, Obama joined Harvard Law School where, in his second year, served as President of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating from Harvard with a Juris Doctor, he moved to Chicago where he pioneered a successful voter registration initiative. He also practiced as a civil rights lawyer and taught constitutional law.
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He is married to Michelle Obama with two kids, Sasha and Malia. POLITICAL CAREER [1] A lot of criticism on Barack Obama in his presidential campaign has concentrated around his limited political experience. This certainly holds true when compared to Senator John McCain, the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. However, Obama’s role as a civil rights lawyer in Chicago was instrumental in his rise through the political ranks in the state. His ardent advocacy for civil rights and liberties won him a seat in the Illinois State Senate in 1996, where he served for eight years.
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