Timeline Description: Barack Obama became America's 43rd president in 2009. He was the first African America to be elected president, and he was elected to his second term in 2012. This is a timeline of his life.
|1961||Barack Obama is born
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. His father was African and his mother was American.
|1967||Barack's family moves to Indonesia
When Barack was 6 years old, his mother moved him to Indonesia where she worked as an English teacher. They were surrounded by the poor, and they had no stable electricity.
|1971||He moves back to Hawaii
At the age of 10, Barack's mother sent him back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. He attended a prep school, and he was the only black child there.
|1979||Barack attends college
Barack attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but later moved to Columbia University in New York.
|1982||He begins his career as a community planner
With a heart for the poor, Barack took a position in Chicago that allowed him to participate in school reform, city cleanup, and other activities.
|1988||Barack attends law school
Barack decided to go to law school, so he attended Harvard. He paid for his education with student loans.
|1990||Barack becomes president of Harvard law review
Barack Obama became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.
|1991||A law school graduate
Barack Obama graduated from Harvard in 1991. He moved back to Chicago.
|1992||Barack gets married
Barack Obama married his girlfriend, Michelle, in October.
|1996||Barack tries for the senate
Barack tried out for the Illinois state senate. He won the election.
|1999||Barack loses the election for Congress
Barack Obama ran for congress, but he was beat 2 to 1 by Representative Bobby Rush.
|2003||Barack goes out for the US Senate
Mr. Obama ran for the US Senate, and he won the election.
|2007||Barack announces his intention to run for president
Barack Obama announced that he intended to run for President of the United States.
|June 2008||He wins the preliminary election
The Democratic preliminary election was held, and Barack Obama beat Senator Hilary Clinton for the nomination.
|November 2008||Barack Obama is elected president
In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidential election. He became the first African-American president, and he won his second term in 2012. President Obama is an inspiration for the story of his life as a normal kid who grew up to be president.