Barack Obama made history November 4, 2008, becoming the first African American to be elected President. So how did this ambitious boy from Honolulu become our nations 44th President? Sit back and journey through Obama's private and professional years leading up to today!
His father leaves his family and returns to Kenya.
He returns to his home state of Hawaii, at times living with his maternal grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham. At this time he also enrolls at Punahou School, one of the largest private preparatory schools in the country.
Obama graduates from Columbia College with a major in political science and a specialization in international relations. He works for about a year at the Business International Corporation and is later hired by the New York Public Interest Research Group. He becomes a full-time organizer at City College in Harlem, being paid less then $10,000 a year to mobilize student volunteers.
1985 thru 1988
He moves to Chicago to work full time as a community organizer with a church-based group, the Developing Communities Project.
Obama is brought to tears by Reverend Jeremiah Wright's "The Audacity of Hope" sermon. He later uses the title for his second book.
Moves back to Chicago and directs Project Vote, a grassroots campaign that registered nearly 150,000 black voters for the 1992 elections.
He was part of the Chicago Annenburg Challenge and was named chairman of the six-member board overseeing Grants in Chicago. Also in 1995, Obama publishes his first book "Dreams from My Father."
Barack and Michelle have their first child, daughter Malia Ann.
March 21, 2000
He loses the Democratic nomination for a seat in the House of Representatives to Bobby L. Rush.
Barack and Michelle have their second child, daughter Natasha, nicknamed "Sasha."
October 2, 2002
Declares his opposition to a "war based not on reason, but on politics."
March 16, 2004
He wins the Democratic primary for United States Senate seat with 52 percent of the vote.
July 27, 2004
Delivered the keynote speech at the Democratic Party's national convention in Boston, saying: "We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America."
January 4, 2005
Sworn in to the US Senate as the third African American senator since Reconstruction, and the fifth in history. Serves on the Foreign Relations and Veteran's Affairs Committees.
February 10, 2007
Obama announces his presidential bid on the steps of the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.
August 28, 2008
Obama accepts the Democratic Presidential Nomination in front of 80,000 people at Denver's Invesco Field.
October 29, 2008
His 30-minute infomercial was watched by more than 33.5 million viewers according to Nielsen Media Research.
November 3, 2008
Obama's maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham lost her battle with cancer and died a day before the election. Dunham voted by early absentee ballot before her death and her vote was counted!
November 4, 2008
Barack Hussein Obama Jr. wins the presidential election with 349 electoral votes.
January 20, 2009
Presidential Inaugural ceremony.