Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

by Sunnyjane



Barack Hussein Obama, II was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father.

As soon as you learn to walk, young man...
                      
Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Dr. Seuss may well have had the future president in mind when he wrote, Congratulations!  Today is your day. You're off to great places, you're off and away.

You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You're on your own, and you know what you know.  And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go!


A short photo exploration of President Barack Obama through the years.


Hawaii: The Early Years



 
Conquering the waves
               
                      and ready to roll 









Not quite ready to go places!


Hangin' with Gramps

Indonesia: Age Six through Ten


Mom, Stepfather Lolo Soetoro
 and baby sister Maya
A smiling Barack with Classmates 















Back to Hawaii: The Secondary School Years


School Yearbook, 4th grade



Gramps, Mom, Maya
and Barack
Classmates, Punahou School



Basketball,
   
  Basketball,
     
     Basketball!








Senior Class Photo
Moving On:  Advanced Education and Early Work Years

Barack Obama went from high school to Occidental College in Los Angeles and transferred after two years to Columbia University in New York City, where he studied Political Science and International Relations; he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983.  In 1984, Obama moved to Chicago and worked as Director for Developing Communities Project, Inc.  In 1988, he entered Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. (Juris Doctor)  in 1991.  He was the first African American to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review.  In 1992, he returned to Chicago and worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.  





Harvard Law School







Teaching at Chicago Law School.


[Note that the graph he is drawing has to do with the relationship between corporations, banks, utilities, etc.  People who doubt Barack Obama's intelligence and knowledge in both constitutional law and the business world do so at their own peril.] 
                   
                




Marriage and Family


  


Getting properly hitched in the eyes of the church, the families, and the state of Illinois is  strenuous!


October 3, 1992







Malia, born July 4, 1998
Sasha, born June 10, 2001



Malia Obama: See How She's Grown!


   
  Sasha Obama:  See   How She's Grown!








Michelle Robinson Obama: Wife, Mother, First Lady of the United States, pictured here representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics in London.
A 2012  Mother's Day tribute to Michelle (There She Goes!) is  absolutely captivating!
 
The "Senate" Years







Illinois State Senator, 1997 - 2004








                               


                                   United States Senator, 2005 - 2008
                                                            












Election 2008










 That One  was the victor.




The Inauguration of 

Barack Hussein Obama

January 20, 2009









The Family + Two in the White House 




Beloved mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother Marian Robinson reluctantly agreed to move to Washington and live in the White House to be Grandma-in-Chief when the Obamas had to be away from their daughters.


It turns out, Mrs. Robinson is quite enjoying the "job!"








Bo Obama, a six-month old Portuguese Water Dog, came to the White House in April 2009, a gift from Senator and Mrs. Ted Kennedy.










It wasn't long before Bo was ready to speak to the press in the President's absence.  I Bark for Barack (Love Me, Love My Dog) is a great campaign ad.

A President of the People


Even "little" people who like to play peek-a-boo!

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