Our New President, Barack Obama
On January 20th 2009 the United States witnessed a memorable and historical event. The inaguration of our new African-American President, Barack Hussein Obama. Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 to an American mother and a Kenyan father. When he was 2, his parents, who had met as students at the University of Hawaii, divorced. Obama’s Harvard-educated father then returned to Kenya, where he worked in the economics ministry. Obama lived in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather for part of his childhood, returning to Hawaii to finish high school.
He graduated from Columbia University and majored in political science and specialized in international relations. He then went to Harvard Law School and served as the first African-American President of the Harrvard Law Review. After law school, he worked as a community organizer and as a civil rights lawyer in Chicago. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a senior lecturer specializing in constitutional law. Obama represented the South Side of Chicago in the Illinois State Senate from 1996-2004. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He became the only African American serving in the U.S. Senate (and the fifth in U.S. history). Barack Obama’s idealism and commitment to civil rights generated enormous enormous media attention for his Senate campaign. In 1995, Obama published an autobiography named Dreams From My Father and it became a best-seller during his 2004 Senate campaign. Another book he wrote, titled The Audacity of Hope, became a bestseller after it publication in 2006. To some, Barack Obama is an inspiration, to others he is a symbol of change, but to most baseball fans he is the remniscent of the great Jackie Robinson. When Jackie came to Major League Baseball in 1947 he was scrunitized, demortilized, and was under intrnse criticism from baseball fans all over the nation. He dealed with death notes,
curses, and all other kinds of demoralizing things that would have persuaded a player to quit playing the game forever. Instead of living in fear of the game though, Jackie Robinson played to the best of his ability. He sprinted on every ball he hit, fielded with his best glovework, and did the best he could to become the type of baseball plyer he wanted to be. When he retired in 1956 he went out as a player to be remembered, repected, and praised. Since he broke the baseball color barrier in 1947 he has inspired many great people (Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama) to achieve what they want to achieve in life. I’m now going to leave you with the lyrics to a song about the glory of the amazing Jackie Robinson.
Congratulations Barack Obama on becoming the 44th President of the United States of America.