Analysis of Obama’s Inaugural Speech

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Didactics - English - Applied Geography


1 Barack Obama’s Life

1.1 Obama’s childhood and early life

Barack Hussein Obama II was born on the 4th of August in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents are Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Senior, who met each other in 1960 while attending a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. One year after the couple met, the marriage was arranged on February 2, 1961. At this point of time, a marriage between a black man and a white woman was very controversial and forbidden in America, except in Hawaii. Barack Hussein Obama was born in the same year, only 6 months after his parents wedding. When Barack Obama was only two years old his parents divorced and his father went back to Kenya, where he died in a car accident in 1984. After the divorce Barack’s mother married an Indonesian student in Hawaii and moved with him to Indonesia, where Barack grew up from the age six to ten. Then in 1971, Barack returned to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents. Barack had lots of problems during his childhood and officially says that he has used alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.

I had learned not to care. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.”[1]

1.2 Obama’s education and the road to becoming an American President

Even though Barack Hussein Obama had a hard childhood, his parents always cared about his education. At the age of ten, Obama already attended a private college preparatory school called “Punahou School”, in Honolulu. He stayed at this school from 1971 (5th grade) until his high school graduation in 1979. After high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College. After only two years, he transferred schools and moved to New York City in order to study political science and international relations at Colombia University. He graduated with a “Bachelor of Arts” Degree.

After four years in New York City, Barack moved to Chicago to get a job as a director at a church-based community organization. In 1988 he entered at the Harvard Law School, where he was elected as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, a journal run by students with over regional reputation. After graduation from Harvard Obama was hired as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, from 1992 to 1996, teaching constitutional law.

In 1996, Obama was elected into the Illinois Senate as a representative of the 13th district of Illinois. In 2002, Obama started to think about becoming a U.S Senator, and he announced his candidacy in January 2003. In March 2004, at the primary election for the U.S Senate, Obama surprisingly won the election with 53%; 29% ahead of his nearest Democratic rival. Surprised by the success of Obama, the New York Times wrote a piece entitled "Obama: A Rising Democratic Star”[2].

After four years of dedication to politics, Obama announced on February 10, 2007 to run for the election as the American President in 2008 Obama began and unprecedented political campaign. First, of all he had to deal with Senator Hillary Clinton, who was also running as a democratic candidate for president. On June 3, Obama was named the presumptive nominee for the Democrats and then on June 7, Clinton gave her campaign up and made way for Obama to be the 44th president of the United States of America. Obama ran in the general election for President against Republican nominee, Senator John McCain.

On January 8, 2009 the electoral votes were certified by the Congress, and Obama won the election with 52,92%, more than 7% ahead of McCain. Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

2 Problems of the former government under George W. Bush and current issues Obama has to face

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, has to face lots of problems left behind by the previous government under George W. Bush. There is the injured American economy, in combination with the financial crisis, the Iraq War and problems in Afghanistan. In his inaugural speech Obama spoke frankly about these issues and motivates the Americans to solve them “Today I say to you these challenges we face are real. They will be met.”[3].


[1] Passage form Barack Obama Biography, “Dreams from My Father”

[2] New York Times, www.nytimes.com/2004/03/18/us/as-quickly-as-overnight-a-democratic-star-is-born.html?scp=16&sq=Obama&st=nyt

[3] ll. 19-21


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Title: Analysis of Obama’s Inaugural Speech