Barack Obama visiting Golf National in France

Former US President Barack Obama is currently in France for the summit on energy transition and made a detour on Thursday to play the Golf National course, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018, discreetly or almost

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Barack Obama visiting Golf National in France
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Former US President Barack Obama is currently in France for the summit on energy transition and made a detour on Thursday to play the Golf National course, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018, discreetly or almost.

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The first edition of the POwR Earth Summit began in Paris on Thursday and was inaugurated with a speech by former US President Barack Obama.

During his visit to France, the Democrat also took the opportunity to walk the fairways of the Golf National, as reported by TV78, the local television channel of the Yvelines department. The cameras of the local TV captured some shots of Barack Obama on the 18th green and later leaving the Golf National escorted by an impressive security service.

Unfortunately, the teams on site were unable to gather Obama's impressions of the Ryder Cup 2018 course, and the score achieved by the former president remains unknown. Barack Hussein Obama II (/bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn oʊbɑːmə/; Honolulu, August 4, 1961) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017, becoming the first person of African American descent to hold that office.

Born to an anthropologist from Kansas and an economist from Kenya, Obama graduated with a degree in political science from Columbia University in 1983 and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991. He was the first African American to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review.

Before completing his legal studies, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. He later worked as a civil rights lawyer and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Barack Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate (1997-2004).

After an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he ran for the U.S. Senate four years later, winning the Democratic Party's March 2004 primary election against a large field of contenders. His unexpected victory in the primary helped to elevate his profile, and his keynote address at the July Democratic National Convention made him one of the party's most prominent figures.

Obama was subsequently elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2004, winning by the largest margin in Illinois history, and served as junior senator from January 2005 to November 2008. On February 10, 2007, he officially announced his candidacy for the presidency.

In the Democratic Party primaries, after a fierce contest, he defeated Hillary Clinton, the incumbent senator from New York and former first lady, who was the favorite. On June 3, 2008, Obama reached the delegate threshold for the nomination, becoming the first African American to run for president on behalf of one of the two major parties.

He then won the presidential election on November 4, 2008, defeating Republican senator John McCain of Arizona, and was formally inaugurated on January 20, 2009. On November 6, 2012, he was re-elected for a second term, defeating Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Obama was named "Person of the Year" by Time magazine in 2008 and 2012. In 2009, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

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