Barack Obama won a second term
U.S.celebrate after U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election on
November 7, 2012. President Obama won a second term in the White House on Tuesday, a clear victory
over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Obama, America's first black president, won a new term by convincing
voters to stick with him as he tries to reignite strong economic growth
and recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression of the
1930s. An uneven recovery has been showing some signs of strength but
the country's 7.9 percent jobless rate remains stubbornly high.
United States President Barack Obama
United States President Barack Obama visits India
Obama arrived in Mumbai
on November 6, 2010. The US President first visited to Taj Hotel, one of the targets of
the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, to remember the victims of the terror strike. He
meet here with some of the survivors of the attack. Barack Obama also celebrate
Diwali (दीपावली ), the festival of lights, with
Mumbai children at a local school on November 7.
On November 8, the Us President
went to the national capital, Delhi , where he
meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and Ex-President Pratibha Patil. The highlight of the day was Obama addressing in the Parliament.
On November 9 Obama leave Delhi for Jakarta in the morning.
The US President first visit Taj
Hotel, Mumbai Taj Hotel at the time of terrorists attack
High end security
Beginning with Dwight D Eisenhower, Obama would be the sixth US President to visit India and the first one to start the tour from
Mumbai. The United States would be spending a whopping $200 million (Rs 900 crore approx) per day on President Barack Obama's visit to the city.
"The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay
and other aspects of the Presidential visit," a top official of the Maharashtra government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit
said. About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government
officials and journalists would accompany the President. Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already here
for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments.
Obama USA’s 44th president
In the USA election 2008 Barack Obama, the son of a father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, was
elected the USA’s 44th president on Tuesday, the 5th November,
2008 breaking the ultimate racial barrier to become the first African American to claim the country’s highest
A "Together, we will change this country and change the world." This was Barack Obama's rallying cry to Americans in the closing days of
a campaign which saw him become the first black President of the United States. A politician from whom the world expects great things, Mr Obama described the
2008 election as a "defining moment" for Americans who were looking for "real and lasting change that makes a difference in their lives".
Obama will be one of the youngest presidents in American history, the first born outside the
continental United States (in Hawaii) and only the third to move
directly from the U.S. Senate to the White House. He burst on the national political scene just over four years ago, with an
electrifying keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Months after that address, Obama won his U.S. Senate seat, and there was immediate talk of a run for president.
For most voters, the sagging economy was the topmost concern – a dynamic that
played strongly to the Democrat’s favor. Six in 10 voters said the economy was
the most important issue facing the nation, according to exit polls – far more than cited energy, Iraq, terrorism or healthcare.
He said America could not afford to ignore the race issue and added that
incendiary comments by his former pastor the Rev Jeremiah Wright reflected the
"complexities of race in this country that we've never really worked through - a part of our union that we have yet to perfect".
Barack Obama: A brief bio
Birth date: Aug. 4, 1961
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Education: Columbia University; Harvard Law School
Wife: Michelle Robinson
Children: Two daughters
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in August 1961, Barack Hussein Obama Jr was named
after his Kenyan father, whose first name means "blessed" in Swahili.
His father grew up in Kenya herding goats but gained a scholarship to study in
Hawaii where he met Mr Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, of Kansas.
While still a toddler, his father went to study at Harvard but there was no
money for the family to go with him and he later returned to Kenya alone before
his parents divorced. Mr Obama's mother married Indonesian Lolo Soetoro and the young child spent four
of his pre-teen years in Jakarta.
He moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents and attend school,
before studying political science at Columbia University in New York. He moved to Chicago where he spent three years as a community organizer, before
attending Harvard Law School in 1988, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.
Mr Obama later returned to Chicago to practice civil rights law, representing
victims of housing and employment discrimination. He married lawyer Michelle in 1992 and they have two young daughters, Malia Ann,
10, and Sasha, seven. And it has been a meteoric rise for the man who first attracted international
attention just four years ago when he made a keynote speech at the 2004
Democratic National Convention, calling for more financial support for families
of US troops killed in action and urging unity. He became the only current African American US senator the following year - and only its fifth in history.
Labelling his own campaign for change in all aspects of life - from foreign
policy to healthcare, education and the legislative process - as an "improbable
quest", Mr Obama still insists "few obstacles can withstand the power of
millions of voices calling for change". Defining his presidency, Mr Obama said it was time to "reclaim our
American dream" and told voters: "At this defining moment in history, you, each and
everyone of you, can give this country the change that we need."
Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2009
United States President Barack Obama has been given the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 for his extraordinary efforts
on October 9, 2009 in strengthening international diplomacy and for taking landmark initiatives to create a nuclear-free world.
Announcing the award here, an official of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said
that Obama was yet to be informed about the award, and would receive the award
on December 10 this year. He also said that Obama had beaten 205 other nominees for the prestigious award,
which includes a gold medal, a Nobel diploma and 1.4 million dollars.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 90 times to 120 Nobel Laureates
between 1901 and 2009 97 times to individuals and 23 times to organizations.
Since International Committee of the Red Cross was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
in 1917, 1944 and 1963, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and 1981, that means 97 individuals and 20 organizations have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish
industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. According to Nobel's will, the Peace
Prize should be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best
work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing
armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
Barack Obama has been inspired by Mahatma Gandhi
Mr Barack Obama visited a museum in a former home of Mahatma
Gandhi on November 6, 2010 during his visit to Mumbai seen as the father of Indian
independence and revered as a global spiritual leader. Mr Obama wrote in the guest book that Gandhi "is a hero not just to
India, but to the world".
Barack Obama has been profoundly inspired by Mahtma
Gandhi. The father of the Indian nations' commitment to social justice, equality and the
spirit of satyagraha left an indelible mark on Barack Obama, shaping his polity. Gandhi's principles of truth, non-violence and justice were Obama's
inspiration as a young man. He was particularly moved by Gandhi's ability to stand up against injustice and for an equal social order, in
which no race or creed would be looked down upon. The president's early struggle with his racial identity was almost
similar to Gandhi's racial travails in South Africa.
The president said: 'Gandhi helped those who thought they had no power
realise that they had power and then helped people who had a lot of power realise that if all they're doing is oppressing people, then
that's not a really good exercise of power.' 'The influence of Gandhi on Obama makes him giving, charitable and
thoughtful,' according to Amelia Andrews, manager communications of Care-India, an American non-profit organisation that works among
marginalised groups in the country. The Obamas reportedly donated $172,050 to 37 charities, or about 6.5
percent of their adjusted gross income.
Obama dance & celebrate Diwali with school children
U.S. President Barack Obama, who began his maiden three-day visit to
India from Mumbai on November 6, 2010, celebrate Diwali and danced with school children in the city on
the Diwali Day
Barack Obama and Micchelle - koli dance with Mumbai students -