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Who would have thought Gary Indiana and Honolulu Hawaii would birth two of the most influential figures in American and global society Michael Jackson and Barack Obama are true examples of success From two completely different walks of life the city boy and the islander used their experiences to shape their success Although global icons in their own respect Michael Joseph Jackson and Barack Hussein Obama differ greatly in their upbringing their career choice and their choice of a familySeemingly inevitable Michael Jackson was thrown into music The 8th of 10 children Michael was practically born with music in his ear His father Joseph Jackson performed with The Falcons and raised his son under strict musical guidelines Often times Michaels dad would hold a whip in his hand while Michael and his brothers were practicing waiting for a mistake While successful Michael lived a lonely childhood full of abuse and neglect Michael experienced many things that scarred him On the contrary Barack Obama lived a fatherless childhood His parents divorced when he was 2 years of age With a fairly pale skinned mother and melanin filled father Obama struggled with his identity He often attributes his experiences in multicultural Hawaii to helping him overcome these obstacles Nevertheless Obamas mother pushed him and his education As a result of his mothers persistence Barack excelled in his education Attending Occidental College Columbia University and Harvard Law School Obama expanded his knowledge in international relations and political science Obama found much success in politics His success took him on great journeys and experiences eventually leading him to be elected as the 44th President of the United States of America While Obama used his cultural experiences to guide his career choice Michael Jackson used his musical talents to drive his career In recognition of his success with the Jackson 5 Michael Jackson built one of the most successful solo careers in all music With 13 Billboard top 100 number
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