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Barack Obama will be coming to Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

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About Barack Obama:

Name: Barack Obama
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI
Current Position: U.S. Senator for Illinois
Education: Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School
Spouse: Michelle Obama
Children: Malia Obama and Sasha Obama
Pets: No pets

Early Years:

Barack Obama's unconventional upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia probably contributed to his unique perspective on race and identity. Obama's mother, a white woman from Kansas, and his father, a black man from Kenya, met at the University of Hawaii. Although they divorced shortly after Obama was born in 1961, Obama visited his relatives in Kenya to learn about his father's heritage. His mother eventually remarried and moved to Indonesia, where Obama attended elementary school in Jakarta. He then returned to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents.

College Years:

Obama moved to the mainland to attend college in Los Angeles. After attending Occidental College for two years, he eventually transferred to Columbia University in New York, and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1983. Obama moved to Chicago in 1985, and worked as a community organizer for several years. Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988, graduating magna cum laude in 1991.

Obama's Career:

After finishing his law degree at Harvard, Obama moved back to Chicago to work as a civil rights lawyer. He met his wife Michelle at a law firm where they worked together, and the couple married in 1992. Obama ran for the Illinois state senate in 1996 on a platform of social action. Obama ran for the U.S. senate in 2004, easily defeating his Republican opponent with 70 percent of the vote. He made a splash on the national political scene with a rousing keynote speech in support of John Kerry's presidential run in 2004.

Previous Denver Appearances:

Barack Obama campaigned in Denver on January 30, 2008. Obama spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 9,000 people at the University of Denver.

Books by Barack Obama:

  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
  • It Takes a Nation: How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
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