See the Promise in our Future

It is difficult to open a magazine or newspaper without seeing an article, if not several articles, on the subject of Barack Obama. His emergence as a Presidential candidate and on November 4, 2008 as President-Elect has captured the attention of the country and the world in a fashion never seen before. Even more surprising is the fact that almost half of the populace in America had never even heard of Barack Obama just two years ago.

Obama’s Background
Barack Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii; his parents met while attending the University of Hawaii. Barack’s father, Barack Obama Sr., grew up in a small village in Kenya, and his mother, Ann Durham, was originally from Kansas. Obama attended Columbia University in New York and graduated in 1983, and later he went on to Harvard Law School, where he obtained his law degree.

Prior to his entry into politics, Obama worked as a community organizer, a civil rights lawyer and a professor of constitutional law. In 2004, Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, and in February, 2007 announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. Obama is married and has two daughters.

The Presidential Election
Originally, nine Democratic contenders for the candidacy were announced, but after a series of debates and other campaign activities, Senator Hilary Clinton, former Senator John Edwards and Senator Barack Obama emerged as the front-runners. Until early 2008, Clinton led in nationwide polls, but as the state primary elections began, public support for Obama eclipsed Clinton’s lead. During the same period, the twelve Republican contenders battled for their party’s nomination; Senator John McCain was confirmed as the Republican nominee in March of 2008.

On June 6, 2008, after a 17-month campaign against Clinton, Obama clinched the Democratic nomination. Clinton had characterized herself as the office-seeker with the most experience, while Obama positioned himself as the contender most able to bring much-needed change to Washington. This message was seen again during the course of the general election.

McCain adopted a very similar theme from the start in his campaign against Obama, painting himself as the war veteran with the experience necessary to succeed as President, while Obama continued to emphasize his message of much-needed change for the political system and the country as a whole. After a tumultuous campaign with the candidates’ every word immediately publicized and analyzed by the frenzied media, Barack Obama was elected to the position of President of the United States on November 4, 2008.

President Obama’s Future Challenges
President Obama inherits many formidable challenges: massive financial upheaval, staggering unemployment figures, and a domestic economy that is barely limping along. Additionally, an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq and rising unrest in the ongoing Israel/Gaza conflict mean that Obama has a very full plate indeed. Despite this dismal outlook, he has started quickly assembling an Administration to stem the bleeding and repair the confidence of a shaken nation. President Obama’s message to the country includes encouraging choices to limit further damage in 2009 and, even as the hour is the darkest, to see the promise in our future.

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John Parks

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8 thoughts on “See the Promise in our Future

    Andre L

    (February 6, 2010 - 4:03 pm)

    Is the University of Phoenix a key to a PROMISING FUTURE OR A PROMISE OF UNEMPLOYMENT?
    Do companies really look done and are reluctant to hire graduates from this university? If so why? I was also reading an article that suggested that online universities are the way of the future. Do you also think that over time these prejudices towards online schools in general will whane away?


    (February 6, 2010 - 9:05 pm)

    the school is reputable. they don’t offer standard financial aid assistance, but improving your education is priceless.
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    (February 6, 2010 - 9:07 pm)

    If it were a person that got their degree as an adult, particularly working adult, I’d have no problem with hiring them with said degree. If it were a younger person without work experience, I’d be skeptic of their dedication to intellectual matters.
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    (February 6, 2010 - 9:09 pm)

    Look at it this way: UoP will not even employ you if you graduate from them. They want graduates from real colleges to be part of their team.
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    (February 6, 2010 - 9:11 pm)

    Online or "distance education" is very much a growing industry with most all valid universities offering programs. If I were choosing a university to get my degree, I would research the ratings of that university.

    Personally, I always look at which university a graduate is from: Harvard or Yale look a lot better to me than the University of Hard Knocks.
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    (February 6, 2010 - 9:13 pm)

    A lot depends on the field you’re going into, and the skills you bring to the job to complement the degree.

    You’re right, online instruction is growing exponetially at most colleges and universities. Colleges like UOP and National University are accredited colleges that allow students to complete classes quickly in a new format,

    The down side is that they are really expensive. I would check with your local community colleges to see if they have online "fast track" programs that you can finish at the same pace at a fraction of the cost. At the same time, you can look at 4 year institutions to see if they too have online programs…which will get you the degree you’re looking for.

    Good luck. 🙂
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    Mr Brightside

    (February 6, 2010 - 9:15 pm)

    Yes they are reluctant to hire people with these degrees but but it’s better than nothing.

    There’s a difference between admission standards for the online university and a community college, state university or privately funded university. This comes into play when an employer is hiring. People know it’s harder to get into Harvard than it is to get into NYU. It’s harder to get into NYU than it is in Florida State and right now all of these are harder to get into than the University of Phoenix online.

    Over time like anything else this bias may disappear. However, there really needs to be a variety of these online universities out there for this to happen. They need to be able to at least be a viable competition for the other universities in existence which actually require you to spend your time in a classroom, work with students and deal with professors.

    While colleges are about education they’re also about being able to function in the type of environment you will encounter in the work force. You don’t get that aspect of it when you do an online university. Employers know this.
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