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English - Enterprising People

Enterprising People 8 - Barack Obama

Enterprising: (adjective).  Showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects.


Barack Hussein Obama II (born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current  President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. His father came from Kenya.

Of his early childhood, Obama recalled, "that my father looked nothing like the people around me. He was black as pitch, my mother white as milk. This barely registered in my mind”

Obama was known as "Barry" in his youth, but asked to be addressed with his given name during his college years. Besides his native English, Obama speaks  Indonesian at the conversational level, which he learned during his four childhood years in Jakarta. He plays basketball, a sport he participated in as a member of his high school's team.

In December 2007, “Money” magazine estimated the Obama family's net worth at $1.3 million. Their 2007 tax return showed a household income of $4.2 million—up from about $1 million in 2006 and $1.6 million in 2005—mostly from sales of his books.

Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004

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Try Our "Brain Challenge"


Five Questions!

          1. According to the first paragraph, why might Obama’s presidency be important?
          2. In your own words, what does Obama say in paragraph 2?
          3. Why might he speak Indonesian only at a “conversational level”?
          4. Obama has been is a lawyer, a teacher and now a President. How else did he earn              money?
          5. What does the phrase “civil rights” mean?

Five Words !

Write the following words in your jotter. Look at the words in in a dictionary, or ask an adult to help with their meanings. Write the meaning for each word in your jotter, beside the word.

current           conversational               participate           graduate            attorney


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