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Obama later reflected on his years in Honolulu and wrote: "The opportunity that Hawaii offered – to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect – became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear." After graduating from high school in 1979, Obama moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College.
In February 1981, Obama made his first public speech, calling for Occidental to participate in the disinvestment from South Africa in response to that nation's policy of apartheid.
He wrote in The Audacity of Hope that he "was not raised in a religious household".
He described his mother, raised by non-religious parents, as being detached from religion, yet "in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I have ever known." He described his father as a "confirmed atheist" by the time his parents met, and his stepfather as "a man who saw religion as not particularly useful." Obama explained how, through working with black churches as a community organizer while in his twenties, he came to understand "the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change." In January 2008, Obama told Christianity Today: "I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian.
Nine months later, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, accepting the award with the caveat that he felt there were others "far more deserving of this honor than I." During his first two years in office, Obama signed many landmark bills into law.
The main reforms were the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often referred to as "Obamacare", shortened as the "Affordable Care Act"), the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
After graduation, he became a civil rights attorney and professor and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Obama received national attention in 2004 with his unexpected March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, and his landslide November election to the Senate.
Raised largely in Hawaii, Obama also spent one year of his childhood in Washington State and four years in Indonesia.
After graduating from Columbia University in New York City in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago.
Obama represented the 13th District for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, when he ran for the U. In 2008, Obama was nominated for president a year after his campaign began and after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton.
He was elected over Republican John Mc Cain and was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.