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Barack Hussein Obama II ( born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvad Law School , where he served as president of the Harvad Law Review . He was a community Organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil Rights attorney and taught constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000.
In 2004, Obama received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in the United states Senate with his victory in the March Democratic Party Primary, his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July, and his election to the Senate in November. He began his presidential campaign in 2007 and, after a close Primary campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008, he won sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party Primaries to receive the presidential nomination. He then defeated Republican nominee John McCain in the general election, and was inaugrated as president on January 20, 2009. Nine months after his inauguration, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
During his first two years in office, Obama signed into law economic stimulus legislation in response to the Great Recession in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job creation Act of 2010. Other major domestic initiatives in his first term included the patient Protection and Affordable Care Act often referred to as “Obamacare”; the Dodd_Frank Wall street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; and the Dont Ask, Dont Tell Repeal Act of 2010.In foreign policy, Obama ended U.S military involvement in the Iraq War , increased U.S. troop levels in Afaghanstan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered U.S military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. In January 2011, the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives as the Democratic Party lost a total of 63 seats; and, after a lengthy debate over federal spending and whether or not to raise the nation’s debt limit, Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Ac.
Obama was re-elected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney , and was sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2013. During his second term, Obama has promoted domestic policies related to gun control in response to the sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, and has called for greater inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, while his administration has filed briefs which urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 and California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. In foreign policy, Obama ordered U.S military involvement in Iraq in response to gains made by the Islamic State in Iraq after the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq , continued the process of ending of U.S combat operations in Afaghanistan and nomalized U.S relations with Cuba.
And Now The 2015 Kenyan Visit.
KOGELO, Kenya — President Obama is not officially scheduled to visit his ancestral home when he visits East Africa this week, but witch doctor John Dimo knows better.
After tossing some shells and animal bones on the ground, Dimo is convinced the American president will come to this tiny village, home of Mama Sarah Obama, 95, his step-grandmother, and the burial place of Barack Obama Sr., his father.
“The results indicate that Obama will come to Kogelo,” Dimo told a circle of residents this month as they cheered with excitement at the prospect of a presidential visit as they watched his fortunetelling ritual. “It’s a big secret, and he need not tell anybody that he will be visiting his ancestral home.”
Dimo said he has a good track record for predicting the future: When Obama visited Kogelo in 2006 as a U.S. senator — before he announced his White House run — Dimo predicted he would someday become president.
“Believe me, I said Obama will become the U.S. president and it came to pass,” he told onlookers. “Now, I can see he has planned to visit the village. He will come.”
The village’s anticipation is matched by excitement throughout Kenya as it prepares for Obama’s arrival Friday to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the capital of Nairobi — the first visit of a sitting U.S. president to the country.
Crews are beautifying streets, repairing traffic lights and replacing old signs. Business owners are spiffing up their storefronts and sidewalks.
In Kogelo, about 200 miles northwest of the capital, villagers have erected an Obama statue to mark the president’s visit. Local officials have renovated his father’s grave. Merchants are selling Obama T-shirts, jeans and portraits.
“President Obama should find his home clean,” said Janet Atieno, a woman planting flowers at the Kogelo Village Resort hotel in case the president drops by. “We’ve been cleaning the village since the news of his visit was announced.”
Obama is not particularly close with his father’s side of the family — the president’s mother and his father divorced after three years of marriage — but his grandmother said she wanted to see him again.
“We’re prepared to host him,” said Mama Sarah Obama — whom the president refers to as “Granny” in his memoir. “It’s a big win to all Kenyans.”
Then-Sen. Barrack Obama greets his grandmother Sarah Obama at their rural home in Siaya, Kisumu, Kenya on Aug. 26, 2006, during his first visit in 14 years. (Photo: Simon Maina, AFP/Getty Images)
Mama Sarah Obama, who has became a national celebrity in Kenya since her grandson assumed office, said Obama promised he would visit her when she spoke with the president while on a tour of the U.S. two years ago.
“We had a lengthy discussion with Obama, and he promised me that he will come to Kenya and visit the village,” she said. “He was waiting for the country to gain political stability before he can visit.”
Obama declined to visit Kenya on an African trip in 2013, citing charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court related to violence during a 2008 election. The charges have since been dropped, and Obama is now slated to meet Kenyatta.
Gov. Cornel Rasanga, who oversees the region that includes Kogelo, said his office is ready to receive Obama if he visits the village, adding that he would ask the president to help secure funding for four projects in the region — a university, a medical training college, a pediatric hospital and a power plant.
Obama’s celebrity status has long drawn funding and tourists to Kogelo. After he became president, the village got electricity, paved roads and other improvements.
Four institutions have sprung up there, too. The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation cares for widows and orphans who have lost spouses and parents to HIV/AIDS, and the Barack H. Obama Foundation, founded by the president’s half-brother, develops sources of clean drinking water.
After his 2006 visit, the village’s two schools were renamed Senator Obama Secondary School and Senator Obama Primary School. Both educate children referred by Mama Sarah Obama’s group. “I personally didn’t go to school because during our day, education was meant for rich people,” Mama Sarah Obama said. “But I decided to ensure that children without parents also access education through my foundation.”
Obama family members donated land to expand the schools and international donors have helped them operate. Henry Odongo, principal of the secondary school, said he hopes to ask the president to secure more help. “It will be an opportunity to remind him when he visits the village,” Odongo said.
The foundations and schools have transformed Kogelo, residents said. “I wouldn’t have had access to education without the foundation’s sponsorship,” said Lilian Adiambo, a student at the secondary school. “Both my parents died when I was still young. But I give thanks to Mama Sarah Obama, who came to my rescue.”
Willys Onyango, 27, a handcart pusher who works for Mama Sarah Obama’s Foundation, said he’d likely be unemployed without Obama’s ties to the village. “His position as a president has earned us jobs and we’re glad,” said Onyango. “We love him, and we are nervously waiting for his visit.”(USA TODAY.)
And now all over the Place, its a busy City In Nairobi- Kenya as we look forward to hosting the worlds Leader.
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