Barack Obama's Success Essay

1075 words - 4 pages

Barack Obama is a politically successful man, despite what the statistics indicate of his race and circumstances. How did he achieve this success? Certainly, a major factor of his success today is the dramatic change in racial viewpoints since Barack’s birth in the early 1960’s. However, in order for him to have risen to this stature, we have to look at the factors surrounding his youth, which paved the path to his success today. There are three major contributing factors, which lead to Barack as a successful person, environment, education and family.
Barack was born in 1961, during a decade of tremendous racial turmoil. These years were a time of great change for America. The country was literally redefined as people from all walks of life fought to uphold their standards on what they believed a true democracy is made of; equal rights for all races, freedom of speech, and the right to stay out of wars in which they felt they didn’t belong.
Yet, much of this turmoil was unfelt by Barack and his family as they lived in Hawaii, which itself had become the new melting pot of the United States. Though he was not entirely isolated from racism, his mother and grandparents, being white, shielded him from much of the effects.
At the age of six, he moved to Jakarta with his mother and new stepfather. Life in Indonesian, an impoverish country, was difficult, made better by the fact that his stepfather Lolo was relatively financially secure. However, Barack was able to see the effects poverty has on a people. Corruption existed in every level of society and limited educational opportunities. Corruption is the way of life in Jakarta, success or failure depends on the willingness of a person to use it. The next person, hungry for power, removes those who are weak, often times in a violent manner. For Barack’s safety and educational concerns, his mother arranges for him to move back to Hawaii and attend the esteemed Punahou Academy.
This unusual combination of residence and cultures factors enabled Barack to grow up without much of the stigma, attached to young black males of this era. This also contributed to his ability to take advantage of educational opportunities that otherwise may not have been available.
From an early age, Barack learned that a good education would get him far in life. His mother would wake up at four in the morning to drill him in English and studies outside of his normal classes. Reminding him, “This is no picnic for me either, buster,” whenever Barack tried to resist this regiment (Obama, p. 48).
Barack’s unique circumstances allowed him to become educated at some of the best schools available. Having both his parents being college graduates, was a major factor in getting Barack into better schools. Unlike many of the black children whose parents probably did not graduate high school, let alone attend college. In 1955, only 4.9% of college students were black (Stephanopoulos 2.4). This gave Barack the...

Find Another Essay On Barack Obama's Success

Obama´s Universal Healthcare Reform Essay

3123 words - 13 pages continues to be a classic example of 'behind-closed-doors maneuvering' and it made Tauzin's reputation. Just over a year later, Tauzin was hired as the pharmaceutical industry's top lobbyist. In his 2008 presidential campaign, the incident became one of Barack Obama's favorite complaints about the Washington political business. But one year later at Max Baucus's Senate office, the Obama White House was secretly negotiating with Tauzin. Billy Tauzin

Stimulus Package to Revive the Economy

1497 words - 6 pages not played excessive role in the economy, implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was clearly the better option because it prevented the worst-case scenario of economic failure—one like the Great Depression—that could have occurred otherwise without it. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, also known as the stimulus package, was signed into law by President Barack Obama with a primary goal to combat the economic

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Presidential Candidate for 2016

1107 words - 4 pages ' votes would have on her success. By spending little on online advertising, she allowed Barack Obama, her main opponent, to gain an advantage over her by rallying support from young voters. "When she finally caught on — spending more on online advertising in March and April than in the previous 14 months — Obama had already built a substantial lead in online presence..." (Kuhn 3) This gave Sen. Obama the momentum he needed to pull the rug out from

Charisma and Political Communication

1987 words - 8 pages public speakers. To be charismatic, rhetoric was a key factor for Obama and into their success. As Trevor Roper wrote: "Hitler at the beginning had only his voice. that was the sole instrument of his power". Speech were structures by the same jesters.usually he started really called and always got and as the speech goes it escalated towards the end to aggressiveness and pathology.this is how is persona animated is it's crowd. Barack Obama also

Reagan and Obama: A Comparison of Space Policy

1081 words - 5 pages   Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama both served two terms as president of the United States. As president, both men enjoyed a measure of success with the space program and NASA in general. Each president chose a different set of goals for NASA, however. These goals reflect the presidents’ views on America’s place in the world as a scientific and commercial leader as well as the times in which the two presidents served.   President Ronald Reagan

Civil Rights Movement

847 words - 3 pages discrimination is not a way to live and justice for coloured people had to take action.The political victory of Barack Obama on November 4, 2008 demonstrated the success of the civil rights movement and its legacies of lesser political authorisation and thought of acceptance. A broad forty years before in 1968, extremists had silenced the voices of such supporters of racial change as respected Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidential candidate Robert F

The Effectiveness and Ethicality of Mass Surveillance

2366 words - 10 pages alarming, the case does not prove to be a valid defense for the bulk surveillance's success in preventing terrorist activity, since there was technically no terrorist plot involved to create terrorist activity. In conjunction with this case, a study that was released in January 2014 by the New American Foundation's National Security Program created a database of 225 persons in the U.S. and abroad who have been "indicted, convicted, or killed

NASA’s Future: Up in the Air

1189 words - 5 pages In 2005 former President George W. Bush instituted the Constellation Program. This program set ambitious, local goals for the National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA)(Chang). When President Barack Obama took office, however, he set out to change NASA’s objectives. Shifting focus away from local space, President Obama’s plan centered on exploring asteroids and later even Mars (Malik). Unfortunately, or rather maybe fortunately, the funding and

Head Start's Cost Effectiveness

4690 words - 19 pages The 2008 Presidential Elections are well on their way and many of the candidates are now making claims in order to gain public support; however, one must ask: How valid are their claims on every issue they are presenting to us as the American public, as part of their presidential candidacy? Barack Obama is one of the presidential candidates and one of the issues that Obama is campaigning for is a reform in education. One of the topics in

America's Auto Bailout

1193 words - 5 pages companies G.M. and Chrysler that they would pay back their debt to the government as soon as possible. The bailout has been shown as a success with all the jobs being created by this huge $80 billion bailout, but were has all that bailout money gone? It has been estimated that out of the total $80 billion that has been paid out, only $35 billion has been repaid, some $7 billion has been written off, and $37 billion is still outstanding. That is, 9

Poverty in America

1862 words - 7 pages . Fording, R. L. & Smith, J. L. (2012). Barack Obama's 'Fight' to End Poverty: Rhetoric and Reality Barack Obama's 'Fight' to End Poverty: Rhetoric and Reality. Social Science Quarterly (Wiley-Blackwell), 93(5), 1161-1184 Raab, B. (2013, 4). In Plain Sight. Poverty in America: A problem hidden 'In Plain Sight' - In Plain Sight. Retrieved January 14, 2014, from

Similar Essays

Rhetorical Analysis Of President Obama's Inauguration Speech

1398 words - 6 pages . One example is when he says “...not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth” (Barack Obama's Inaugural Address 2). Barack Obama is telling the audience that we need to take multiple steps in order to grow as a nation. When Obama says “The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity”, he is again showing how more than one cause is and

A Comparison Of I Have A Dream By Martin Luther King And Victory Speech By Barack Obama

1672 words - 7 pages that Martin Luther King and Barack Obama's speeches are very similar because they both mention the themes of the American Dream, peace, and hope. It is also pretty obvious that the purpose and audience of the speeches are different since King's purpose is to persuade and Obama's purpose is to inform. But beyond the obvious, both speeches give off a unbelivably wonderful vibration, because one can tell by the content of the speech that both leaders

Obama Suggestions: What Top Two Priorities Should Obama Accomplish In His First 2 Years And What Is The Best Method Of Achieve So?

525 words - 2 pages I believe that Barack Obama's priorities should be the economy and the progress in Afghan. Economic- wise, Obama should increase employment and minimize foreclosure that is wrecking thousands of Americans nationwide. Personally, I think for Afghan - he's done the right thing with putting more troops in. Economically, the stimulus plan has good intentions, I just don't believe it is the right approach.The US goal in the Middle East is to: 1

Barack Obama As An Agent Of Change

1500 words - 6 pages ." Foreign Affairs. July-Aug. 2007. Council of Foreign Relations. 21 Apr. 2008 . "Obama Spurns Pastor's 9/11 Jibe." BBC News. 15 Mar. 2008. 22 Apr. 2008 . Preble, Christopher. "Barack Obama's American Exceptionalism." Cato.Com. 25 May 2007. The CATO Instititute. 22 Apr. 2008 . Ross, Brian, and Rehab El-Buri. "Obama's Pastor: God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11." ABC News. 13 Mar. 2008. 22 Apr. 2008 .