In a historic presidential win tonight (November 4, 2008), Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, addressed the nation for the first time as President Elect. He will become the nation’s first African American president when he is sworn into office on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.
Itâ€™s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America, thats the Obama’s words.
Barack Hussein ObamaÂ born August 4, 1961Â is the President-elect of the United States of America and the junior United States Senator from Illinois. Obama is the first person of African American descent to be elected President of the United States, and also the first African American to be nominated for President by a major political party.
He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first African American to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2003. After a primary victory in March 2004, Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He was elected to the Senate in November 2004 with 70 percent of the vote.
About Life And Career :
Barack Obama was born at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyangâ€™oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya, and Ann Dunham, a white American from Wichita, Kansas of mainly English, Irish and smaller amounts of German descent. His parents met in 1960 while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where his father was a foreign student.The couple married February 2, 1961; they separated when Obama was two years old and subsequently divorced in 1964. Obama’s father returned to Kenya and saw his son only once more before dying in an automobile accident in 1982.
After her divorce, Dunham married Lolo Soetoro, and the family moved to Soetoro’s home country of Indonesia in 1967, where Obama attended local schools, such as Asisi, in Jakarta until he was ten years old. He then returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents while attending Punahou School from the fifth grade in 1971 until his graduation from high school in 1979. Obama’s mother returned to Hawaii in 1972 for several years, and then in 1977 went back to Indonesia, where she worked as an anthropological field worker. She stayed there most of the rest of her life, returning to Hawaii in 1994. She died of ovarian cancer in 1995.
Right-to-leftÂ Barack Obama and half-sister Maya Soetoro, with their mother Ann Dunham and grandfather Stanley Dunham, in Hawaii……
Victory SpeechÂ :
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.Itâ€™s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.
I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and heâ€™s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nationâ€™s promise in the months ahead.
I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nationâ€™s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy thatâ€™s coming with us to the White House. And while sheâ€™s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time â€“ to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth â€“ that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we canâ€™t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:
“Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.”
Democrat Barack Obama won a landslide victory to take the White House and the mantle of the 44th President of the United States.
A record 140 million Americans – 70 per cent of the country – were estimated to have voted in one of America’s most electrifying elections. In an emotional victory rally in Chicago, held at 5am British time, he told more than 100,000 supporters his victory proved the American dream was still alive.
Some moments in Barack Obama’sÂ Life…………..
Young Obama ..
At their home in Jakarta, Ann Dunham poses in this undated photo with her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, their daughter, Maya, and Barack Obama..
Barack obama and his father…..
Barack Obama (circled) at the SDN Menteng School in Jakarta…
Obama poses with his maternal grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham…
At his high school graduation, Barack Obama gets a hug from his grandmother Madelyn as his grandfather Stanley beams. His maternal grandparents raised Obama in Hawaii while his mother was living in Indonesia.
In this Obama Family photo are starts form introducing..bottom row, from left half-sister Auma, her mother Kezia Obama, Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama and unknown and then top row, from left.. unknown, Barack Obama, half-brother Abongo (Roy) Obama, and three unknowns.
some moments at the time of victory…..
“I am asking you to belive me. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington…I am asking you to belive in yours.”