October 25, 2006 12:30:25 am
On October 22, Barak Hussein Obama announced in Washington that he could no longer stand by the statements he made after his 2004 election as senator and earlier this year that he would serve a full six-year term in Congress. He said instead that he was considering a run for the US presidency in 2008. “Given the responses I’ve been getting over the last several months, I have thought about the possibility,” he said.
Who is barak obama?
• The Democrat from Illinois is a charismatic first-term Senator. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961, to Barack Obama, Sr. , a Harvard-educated economist of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Kenya, and Ann Dunham of Kansas, an anthropologist.
• Earned a law doctorate at Harvard Law School. Elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996. Largely unknown outside Illinois until he burst onto the US national scene with a widely acclaimed address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention at Boston, Massachussetts.
• His political stock has been rising as a potentially viable centrist Democrat candidate for president in 2008.
• A recent issue of Time magazine had him on the cover with the headline, “Why Barack Obama Could Be The Next President”.
Who is he up against?
For many, the real fight will not be during the November 2008 elections but the national conventions proceeding it—and the fight for the Democrat nomination. It could be a tight choice between Obama and New York Senator Hillary Clinton, should both decide to throw their hats in the ring for Elections 2008.
“No, people don’t expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better. And they want that choice.”
—Excerpt from Obama’s Keynote address at the Democrat National Convention, Boston, on July 26, 2004
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