Highlights of Obama's life
Nov 5 (IANS) Here are the highlights of US president elect
Barack Obama's life and career:
Aug 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Father Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang'oma Kogelo,
Nyanza Province, Kenya. Mother Ann Dunham, a white American
from Wichita, Kansas.
B.A. in international relations, 1983, Columbia University.
J.D. from Harvard Law School; Elected first black president
of the Law Review in February 1990.
Family: Married Michelle Robinson, another Harvard Law School
graduate, Oct 18, 1992. They have two young daughters, Malia
Christian, United Church of Christ.
career: Worked as a civil rights lawyer in Chicago in 1991.
Organised one of the largest voter registration drives in
Chicago history to help Bill Clinton's 1992 election as president.
Elected thrice to Illinois state senate in 1996, 1998 and
an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the US House of Representatives
Rises to national prominence with an inspiring keynote speech
at the July 2004 Democratic National Convention.
to the US Senate Nov 2, 2004, as the fifth African American
Senator in US history, and the third to have been popularly
elected. Declared his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential
nomination Feb 10, 2007.
becomes the presumptive Democratic nominee for the presidency
June 3, 2008.
party nomination at the Democratic National Convention in
Denver, Colorado, Aug 28, 2008.
US presidential election: Nov 4, 2008.
a $1.9 million deal to author three books in 2004. The first,
"The Audacity of Hope," discusses his political
convictions. The second book will be co-written with his wife.
one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time
magazine in 2005.