Barack Obama changed American politics forever when he became the first African American president of the United States. Readers follow along on his journey to the White House—from his childhood in Hawaii through the start of his political career in Chicago. Readers are introduced to the people that played important roles in this president's life, and discover the events that helped him develop and grow from a kid playing basketball into the leader of our country. With the help of accessible text, readers learn fun facts about President Obama's life. Bright photographs keep readers excited and turning pages from cover to cover.