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  • Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.

  • The son of a Kenyan father and an American mother from Kansas, he spent part of his childhood in Indonesia and later attended Columbia University and Harvard Law School sister Maya Sutera.

  • Ng says Obama's life experience makes his candidacy a great opportunity for America t to have someone who is fair, who has a strong respect for the Constitution, who has a strong respect for uh not only the cultures within the United States, but but also the world at large.

  • Obama's political career was shaped in part by his years as a community organizer and poor neighborhoods of Chicago and is a member of the Illinois state Senate.

  • He was elected to the U.

  • S Senate in 2004 the same year he delivered the keynote address to the Democratic National Convention.

  • I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story that I owe a debt, all of those who came before me and that in no other country on earth is my story even possible.

  • That speech propelled Obama into the national spotlight.

  • Frank Mankowitz was press secretary and adviser to the late Senator Robert F.

  • Kennedy.

  • He says Obama has the intellect and imagination to be an effective leader and clearly has, uh, uh, great motivations.

  • And, uh, certainly anybody who's read his books, particularly his first book, has a clear understanding that this is a man with deep emotions and serious lots.

  • He doesn't just pick up slogans and run with them.

  • Uh, so in that sense, I think he will do all right.

  • Obama supporters praise him for speaking to the hopes and ideals of US voters.

  • One such moment came after he won the Democratic Party caucus in Iowa in January.

  • They said this day would never come.

  • They said our sights were set too high.

  • They said this country was too divided to disillusions toe ever come together around a common purpose.

  • But on this January night, at this defining moment in history, you have done what the cynics said we couldn't be.

  • Oh Obama has endured criticism, including for saying he would meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without conditions.

  • He has also faced questions about the church he belonged to in Chicago.

  • His former pastor there, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, made inflammatory remarks about white people and race in America.

  • Obama denounced those remarks, then recently left the church.

  • Frank Mankowitz says Obama's biggest challenge may be connecting with working class Americans.

  • Well, we'll have to worry about health insurance on the price of gasoline and what's happening toe mortgages and foreclosures and all the other things that are really preoccupying Americans now.

  • And, of course, a war Obama received some good news is the Democratic primary season came to a close?

  • A new voter opinion survey shows.

  • If the elections were held today, Obama would beat Senator John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee, by 47 to 44%.

  • Robert F L A V O e news.

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.

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