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About Obama

Barack Obama made history on Nov. 4 when he was elected the first African-American president of the United States. Read articles, watch video, and visit links on the man who first appeared in our magazine more than a decade ago.


The Making of a First Lady >>
February 2009: After years of resenting her husband’s political career, Michelle Obama found her voice and flashed her style on the road to the White House
Inauguration 2009 >>
Our coverage from Washington, D.C.
Aging O >>
Fast-forward the hands of time with our simulated age progression of Obama
Barack-ed! >>
Chicago's winners and losers in Election 2008
Election 2008 >>
Chicago. Grant Park. Election Day. Our behind-the-scenes coverage
If He Wins...?
October 2008: From Olympic dreams to entrepreneurs' schemes—how Chicago might benefit if a certain senator from Illinois becomes president
The Obama Bounce
November 2008: Will Obama create a coattail effect for the rest of the Democratic ticket in Illinois?
The Adlai Issue >>
September 2008: Is Barack Obama the second coming of that other "elitist" Democratic presidential candidate from Illinios, Adlai Stevenson?
The Dog Dilemma >>
August 2008: The Obamas face an important decision—what breed to get daughters Malia and Sasha.
The Friends of O >>
June 2008: Inside the circle of Chicagoans who spotted Barack Obama's talent, helped guide his path—and made it hard for him to close the deal (even before the Reverend Wright eruptions)
Making Peace >>
June 2008: The Obama-Daley connection
Network Ties >>
June 2008:
A brief who's who of early donors
The Audacity of Hillary >>
October 2007: Can the hometown girl beat the state's favorite son on what's now his home turf?
Where's Obama? >>
October 2007: Tracking the Illinois senator on the presidential campaign trail during one busy summer month
The Speech >>
June 2007: When Barack Obama launched into his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was still an obscure state senator from Illinois. A behind-the-scenes look at the politicking, plotting, and preparation that went into Obama's breakthrough moment
Should He Run? >>
December 2006: The question was straightforward enough: Should Obama run for president now, or wait until another election cycle? The answers were far from unanimous. Read what our panel of pundits and faithful Democrats had to say.
2008? >>
March 2006: Will he or won't he run in 2008? The Obama-for-president boomlet won't go away. Our reporter explores how the scenarios could play out.
First Lady in Waiting >>
October 2004: Michelle Obama talks about growing up on the South Side, her varied career, being a politician's wife and her first date with Barack.
Who Makes What >>
April 2006: How much money does Barack Obama make as a U.S. senator? Find out salary information about him and others in various fields.
Vote of Confidence >>
January 1993: In November 1992, a 31-year-old African-American lawyer named Barack Obama headed Chicago's Project Vote! and put together the most successful registration drive in city history, altering the city's electoral landscape.


11.04.08 Victory speech in Grant Park
08.28.08 Speech to the Democratic National Convention in Denver

06.03.08 Nomination victory speech in St. Paul, Minn.

03.18.08 "A More Perfect Union"—Obama's speech on race and Reverend Wright

01.03.08 Iowa Caucus victory speech
02.10.07 Announcement of candidacy in the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

07.27.04 Obama's address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention >>




Official campaign site >>

Official Senate site >>

Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance >> (Amazon.com)

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream >> (Amazon.com)




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