After taking time off as a community organizer, Obama went to law school at Harvard University.After law school, Obama worked for a law firm in Hyde Park, Chicago. Obama worked for Alice Palmer, an Illinois state senator. Congress, so she tried to keep her seat in the state senate, but she did not have enough time to meet the rules of the election. Obama's presidential campaign for the White House started in early June 2008 when he defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries. He was the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to hold the office. Obama won the 2008 United States presidential election, on November 4, 2008. As president, he slowly ended US participation in the Iraq War, having prepared the country to defend itself.
In 1995 she chose not to run for re-election so that she could run for U. Congress, and Obama decided to run for her Illinois state senate seat. Obama's team said that she could not be on the ballot, and the election rulemakers agreed. Hillary Clinton was favored to win but Obama won many smaller state caucuses (local party elections) by having a lot of volunteers.
Obama won the election and became an Illinois state senator. During his early political career, Obama would make appearances and debate on Chicago Tonight. He decided not to accept government money for his campaign so that he could accept more private money under Campaign finance reform in the United States.
The popular vote (based on the total number of votes across the country) was closer, with Obama winning 53%, Mc Cain 46%.
They lived in Chicago, but moved into the White House on January 20, 2009.
He signed an act written by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd which would regulate Wall Street (the financial industry) to try to prevent another recession like this from happening again.
Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which would bring health care reform to the United States, which he said would change the system so that more people can afford health care.In foreign policy, Obama made a plan to slowly withdraw troops from Iraq, ending the War in Iraq by the end of 2011, while adding more troops to Afghanistan to help the United States win the War in Afghanistan.He also decided that the USA should help in the war against Libya. Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, 2009.His father was a black exchange student from Kenya named Barack Obama Sr. His mother was a white woman from Kansas named Ann Dunham, who was an anthropologist and died in 1995. He later moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents.He started college at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and graduated from Columbia University in New York City.On May 9, 2012, he became the first sitting US President to openly support legalizing same-sex marriage.On December 14, 2012, after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut occurred, Obama had said, "We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics".On December 21, 2012, Obama and his White House staff observed a moment of silence because of the school shooting in Connecticut.On December 21, 2012, Obama nominated John Kerry for United States Secretary of State during his second term. Before his second term began and still continues, there has been debating of guns because of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that happened on December 14, 2012, as well as shootings in the past.He has said several times that he wants to improve U. He noted that his efforts were humble, but he donated the prize money to several charities.Though his popularity was very high (around 70% approval) when he entered office, his approval ratings fell to 45% percent during the year of 2010.