Last updated on: 1/31/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“[O]n Thursday, I will be the first sitting President to visit a federal prison. And I’m going to shine a spotlight on this issue, because while the people in our prisons have made some mistakes – and sometimes big mistakes – they are also Americans, and we have to make sure that as they do their time and pay back their debt to society that we are increasing the possibility that they can turn their lives around… if folks have served their time, and they’ve reentered society, they should be able to vote.”

“Remarks by the President at the NAACP Conference,” whitehouse.gov, July 14, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
  • Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2008
  • Former Member, US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,
  • Foreign Relations Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, and
  • Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Recipient, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (for the audiobook edition of his book The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream), 2008
  • Illinois State Senator, 1997-2004
  • Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Former community organizer, Chicago, IL
  • Former Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Former President, Harvard Law Review
  • Recipient, Chairman’s Award, National NAACP (National Association for the
  • Advancement of Colored People), 2005
  • Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
  • Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and
  • Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Recipient, Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
Education:
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 1983
  • Attended Occidental College
  • Graduated, Punahou School, HI, 1979
Other:
  • First African-American President of the United States
  • First US President to chair a session of the United Nations Security Council
  • First African-American President of the Harvard Law Review
  • First US President born in Hawaii, and first US President born outside the continental United States
  • Named Person of the Year (2008) and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World (2005) by TIME Magazine
  • Named one of the 10 People Who Will Change the World, New Statesman, 2005
  • Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and
  • Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Recipient, Monarch Award for Outstanding Public Service, 1994
  • Recipient, 40 Under 40 Award, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1993
  • Married Michelle Robinson, JD, on Oct. 3, 1992
  • Has two children, Malia Ann (born 1998) and Natasha (“Sasha,” born 2001)
  • Legal name is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.
  • Son of Barack Hussein Obama (economist for the Kenyan government) and Ann Dunham, PhD (anthropologist, also known as Stanley Ann Dunham and S. Ann Soetoro)
  • Born Barack Hussein Obama at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Honolulu, HI on Aug. 4, 1961
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?
  2. Should Felons out of Prison but on Parole or Probation Regain Their Ability to Vote?