1.21.2009

Barack Obama: The Path to the Presidency

by Ashahed M. Muhammad
Final Call Assistant Editor

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - On January 20, Barack Obama’s improbable path to the presidency of the United States of America was completed.

The son of a Black man from Kenya and a White woman from Kansas whose childhood found him places like Hawaii and Indonesia, whose educational career carried him to Occidental College, Harvard University and Columbia. His professional career found him as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and his career as an activist brought him to the tough gritty streets of the south side of Chicago. Now, this seemingly unlikely path has taken him to The White House in Washington D.C.

While at Harvard, he became the first Black president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review, a foreshadowing of things to come. His political career began in 1996, when Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois state senate representing the 13th district of Illinois. He was reelected in 1998, but in 1999, he chose to step out and make a run for Congress.

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