Is Obama Impressive or Just a Succsess

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Emily Voutes
Mr. Friendly
History 201
Emily Voutes
Mr. Friendly
History 201
Is Barack Obama Impressive or just a successful politician?

Barack Obama is undeniably one of the most prominent African Americans of today’s world thanks to his successful career in Government. Though many great politicians have led a prosperous career, Obama has had both a strong and impressive journey to become the man we currently know him as. So, to a large extent Obama is an impressive man and not just a successful politician. Through an analysis of his life before his political success as a US senator and president, specifically his career as a community organizer, his activist work with Project Vote, and legal work at Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland; it is clear that he is more than a president. Nevertheless Obama is a symbol of remarkable performance and accomplishments, which led to his professional career in the USA government.

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a white mother by the name of Stanley Ann Dunham and a Kenyan father named Barack Obama. His American Grandparents in Hawaii raised Obama for most of his childhood. He worked hard at being both a student and role model for others throughout his teenage years, and continued on to first, Occidental College in L.A, then cross-country to New York City, Chicago, Boston, and back to Chicago where he worked with the cities underprivileged. In Chicago he followed his dreams of reshaping America by first focusing on civil rights issues in the South Side, through both his career as an activist and through his legal work with civil rights. 1

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During his time spent in Chicago, IL, Obama exercised the personality trait of devotion towards both his city and his race. He was deeply interested in the civil rights movement in United States and chose this tough yet rewarding occupation to create more opportunities for the poorer, African American citizens of Chicago. Perhaps the simplest way to depict community organizing is to say it is the practice of recognizing a specific oppressed population of people, and agitating them about their unfair treatment until both the organizer and the people take collective action to put pressure on local, state, or federal officials to fix the problem. One of his most significant and impressive achievements was the expansion of a city summer-job program for South Side teenagers. Altgeld is a neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago, directly between a sewage plant and a waste landfill. It’s made up of only a few run down apartment buildings and has no trace of stores, restaurants, or much of anything in easy walking distance, which is why Barack Obama was greatly drawn to helping this community. During the 1980s the Mayor’s Office of Employment (MET) dispensed the jobs and Training. The closest MET office to Altgeld was extremely far away and not to mention situated in what felt like enemy terrain. If you were living in Altgeld most people did not feel comfortable venturing into the East Side and to top it off, did not have enough money to ride the bus. Barack Obama thought…Why not request a job center in the Altgeld area? Obama visited the MET headquarters and read a brochure comprised of all the locations of the branch offices, noting there was not one agency even remotely close to this destitute neighborhood. “This is it,” he said. “We just found ourselves an issue.” He knew that the first step to solving this issue was to meet with MET administrators. They drove around Altgeld looking for a possible site for a new office and finally found a shut down apartment building. Obama worked hard at finding the owners of this abandoned building and pressured the officials into finally opening up a MET office close to Altgeld. This accomplishment allowed underprivileged African American teens living in that area to help support themselves and/or their families while 2 2

they were not in school. This achievement clearly demonstrates...
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