A Promised Land

A Promised Land
(2020) is the first volume of the memoirs of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States. The memoir chronicles Obama's journey from teenage Honolulu ne'er-do-well to Chicago community organizer and on to one of the most beloved – and mistrusted – figures in American history.
President Barack Obama spent his childhood with his mother and grandparents in Hawaii. He was a mediocre student, and it wasn't until he was a little older than he began to express interest in big questions about inequality. He turned to books for answers, which sparked his interest in politics. He graduated from Columbia University and began working as a community organizer in Chicago, which cemented his interest in policy. He wanted to learn how to implement real change that would have an effect on real Americans, so he returned to school, earning his J.D. from Harvard University and becoming the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.
Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate twice, but his political career really took off following his landmark keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Following the speech, many people urged Obama to run for president, and in 2007 he announced he would be entering the primary race. Obama became the Democratic nominee for president and faced Republican John McCain in the presidential election.
Upon entering office, Obama had to address the 2008 global financial crisis but was hindered by extreme partisan Republicans in Congress who refused to compromise and reach across the aisle. He encountered similar problems when he attempted to push through new healthcare legislation. Regardless, the Affordable Care Act passed, extending health care options for Americans. Obama tried to maintain a balance between steady authority and democratic ideals when it came to foreign policy. One of Obama's most famous foreign policy accomplishments was authorizing the special ops mission that killed Osama bin Laden.
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