It was all race based.
“Some colleagues of mine here have talked me into running for the Illinois State Senate (like being an MP for a province),” Obama wrote to Malik in 1995, one year before he was elected to the Illinois Senate. “I have agreed,” he continued, “since I have an interest in politics to deal with some serious issues blacks face here.”
Prior to running for state Senate, Obama had been working for the Chicago law firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland while teaching part-time at the University of Chicago Law School.
“Of course, it involves a lot of campaigning, going to meetings and so on, which I don’t find so attractive,”
This is why he golfs incessantly.