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BARACK OBAMA – Farewell Speech: “Yes We Can!”

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It was a historic movement when we heard the mantra “Yes We Can,” it led to one of the greatest political movements that became a record in the history of the United States of America. It bore forth a day that shows the example America was laying in the practice of democracy.

Today’s story is about Barrack Hussein Obama II, an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. His parents were an inter-racial couple, his mother Ann Dunham was an American, while his father Barrack Obama Sr. was from Kenya in the African continent.  He graduated from Punahou School which was an elite college preparatory in Honolulu in 1979, attended Occidental College, Los Angeles, and was transferred to Columbia University where he graduated from the department political science in 1983. He then proceeded to Harvard Law School two years after he graduated from Columbia University. Finishing his law studies in 1991, Obama launched his law career, working with notable firms in the process.

Obama struggled as a child because he could not enjoy affection from his parents due to the early divorce that saw them go their separate ways. He was never close to his father because he (Obama Snr) returned to his native land in Africa. The younger Obama  had to deal with the death of his father at the age of 21 after he was killed in an automobile accident, while his mother died from ovarian and uterine cancer. His struggle was a war within his mind that centered on being a product of multiracial heritage.

Circumstances are part of natural phenomena human beings have power over in society, and their negative effect often affects the mind badly. However, the need to accept it and grow stronger from it makes one heal from the pain.

Barrack Hussein Obama gained popularity after winning the Illinois state Senate election in 1996. During his tenure, he gained bipartisan support for championing the cause of reformed health ethics and health care laws, sponsored increased tax credit for low-income workers, led the negotiation for welfare reform, and aided increased subsidies for childcare. It led to a landslide victory for re-election in 1998. This marked the beginning of his eureka moment. He would go on to win the U.S senate election in a landslide victory that finally announced him as a bright figure among the Democrats; it marked a turning point in his political career.

On February 10, 2007, Barrack Obama announced his presidential ambition at the old U.S capitol building where Abraham Lincoln delivered his “House Divided” speech in 1858. After series of strategies and campaigns, he won the Democrat primary and went on to become the democrat flagbearer for the U.S presidential election of 2008 which started the “Yes We Can” mantra. He picked Joe Biden as his vice, after days of the campaign, he defeated his opponents at the polls, John McCain and Sarah Palin of the Republican Party. This made him the first African-American President of the United States.

He announced his second term ambition that led to another movement with the mantra “it begins with us”, and successfully defeated Mitt Romney of the Republican Party. Some of his greatest achievements include the assassination of the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, who spearheaded the 9/11 attacks, LGBT rights, promoting diplomatic relations, favorable domestic policy, and many more.

He will forever be remembered as a President who governed with equality and fairness irrespective of difference, political affiliation, and sentiments. His emergence has created hope for the Black community to take up a higher political position in America.

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