A Picture Book of the First Black President: Barack Obama

Who is this man Barack and where did he come from? A picture is worth a thousand words!





Barack Obama Sr. poses with his son in the Honolulu airport
during Obama Sr.’s only visit to see his son while he was
growing up in Hawaii . Young Barack was in the 5th grade when the photo was taken


Barack Obama Sr., a native of Kenya , met his future wife while they were students at the University of Hawaii . In 1963, he essentially abandoned his family to continue his studies at Harvard.


Grandparents and Mom


THE DUNHAMS: precocious, self-assured
Stanley Ann (left); her impetuous father,
who named his only child after himself;
her mother, Madelyn, the quiet, firm
influence in the home.

At their home in Jakarta , Ann Dunham poses in this undated photo with her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, their daughter, Maya, and Barack Obama.

Mom, Sister and Barack




Barack Obama with his maternal grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham during a 1982 visit to New York , where Obama was attending Columbia . (Courtesy of The Obama Family)


Barack Obama walks with his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama at his father’s house in NyongomaKogelo village, western Kenya , in Aug. 2006. (AP file)image014.jpg

Barack Obama with his grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, in Africa (Courtesy)

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In this Obama Family photo ares: (bottom row, from left) half-sister Auma, her mother Kezia Obama, Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama and unknown; (top row, from left) unknown, Barack Obama, half-brother Abongo (Roy) Obama, and three unknowns. (Courtesy of the Obama Family)



Barack Obama as a toddler.

(Courtesy of Barack Obama)


Barack Obama as a child. (Courtesy of Barack Obama) image020.jpg

Barack walks along Waikiki Beach shortly before he and his mother moved from Hawaii to Indonesia to live with her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, in 1967.


Barack poses with his mother, Ann, half
sister, Maya, and maternal grandfather
Stanley Dunham in Hawaii in the early
1970s after the family returned from I
ndonesia. Neighbors remember the
close relationship between young
Barack and his grandfather



A page from Barack Obama’s senior yearbook features his personalized message to family, friends and teammates. (Photo from The Oahuan yearbook / March 23, 2007)


Barack Obama hugs his younger half sister Maya at his high school graduation


Barack Obama shakes hands during his graduation ceremony from Punahou School in 1979. While in his early teens, Obama chose to stay at the school and live with his grandparents after his mother decided to move back to Jakarta , Indonesia.


At his high school graduation, Barack Obama gets a hug from his grandmother Madelyn as his grandfather Stanley beams. His maternal grandparents raised Obama in Hawaii while his mother was living in Indonesia


Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack Obama’s half sister, teaches her Education in American Society class at the University of Hawaii


The wedding day of Barack Obama Jr. and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson…… (Courtesy of the Obama Family)



Barack and first born







‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so
that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other
people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.’



3 Responses to “A Picture Book of the First Black President: Barack Obama”

  1. Leland Milton Goldblatt Says:

    Obama, he speaks like Hitler

    I have this recurring nightmare of Farrakhan or Wright spending the night at the White House in the Lincoln bedroom. Or Barack Hussein Obama having a luncheon on the lawns with Hamas representatives, Ayers, Meeks and company. Lord help us. This life-long will also be pulling the lever for John McCain, a man who is actually proud of his country.

    We are judged by the company we keep.

    I have a very good picture of Barack Hussein Obama’s kind of change he wants to make. I can’t beleive that the Democrat party could want this Obama instead of Hillary. I would never vote for Obama not because he’s black but because of all the anti-American friends he has.

    Once again the DNC has come up with an inadequate candidate, Barack Hussein Obama is a empty suit and I don’t believe a word he says.

    I am definately voting for John McCain. I like him alot so it is an easy move. He loves this country and went through hell during the POW days.

    I am one of them Sc.D. a son of holocaust survivor who witnessed results of 1930’s appeasement, I saw what my mother had to live through when she was in the concentration camps. She saw what is like when you cannot defend yourself from the Nazi tyranny, she saw her family burn in the ovens of Auschwitz and Birkenau, she witnessed the les affaires of the comatose Europeans Jewry while their fellow Jews were being shipped to their death camps, and the silence of the conciliators, she bore the numbers of her arms so we will never relent in our pursuit of freedom. Today I see in Barack Obama, he speaks like Hitler and hardly set down and argue like a human being, he bring an old memories that invokes the fears of Hitler days, he promised everything under the sun and that worries me the most. Hitler promised the German people everything and only destruction came about.


    — Leland Milton Goldblatt, Ph.D. ®
    Distinguished Professor


  2. nativenotes Says:

    Well Professor that was a mouthful. I am confused by your reasoning. I see you stress Barack’s middle name in fact I think it is you who likes to hang on to fear mongering. You use his middle name to invoke fear and a misunderstanding about who he is, because you know Americans will cling to the name Hussein and think of Saddam. It is no different than those who call him Osama, typical of the fear mongering that media pundits utilize.

    If you like Clinton and think that she was the more competent than how could you switch to McCain. Even Clinton said that the differences between she and Barack are small in comparison to John McCain.

    You mention john McCain’s service, and no one is denying that McCain is a patriotic gentleman, that he fought hard for this country but does that mean that he will be a good fit for President. McCain wants to give you 4 more years of George Bush and his policies. McCain has no idea how to help our economy, all he wants to do is stay in Iraq for 100 more years. If that is the type of America that you want then cast your vote my friend.

    Even your comparison to Hitler, I am just shocked as a descendant of people who have been oppressed that you spew such venom at Barack Obama. You mention him being black, for what, I did not know that you were white. You felt the need to qualify because possibly that does play a part in your decision. I am saddened by this.

    You speak of the company you keep, once again did John McCain not associate with spiritual advisors who call the catholic church “the great whore”. Hmm, do you remember how people would not associate with or do business with people because they had Jewish friends, because they were part Jewish. How soon we forget, I am baffled by your comments. But once again this is what the internet is for, we have an open exchange of ideas.

    I appreciate your story about your mother but I do not see the correlation between Hitler and Obama. In fact Barack does not promise Americans the world, he actually talks about people like you and me becoming involved in the system so that we can help create the change that we would like to see.

  3. V. Godfrey Says:

    Beautifully said, Nativenotes. Thank you for your thoughtful response to a very close-minded gentleman. Well done, my friend. Obama is not perfect, nor am I, but he gives me reason to hope. I will gladly vote for him.

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