The triumph of hope
On 4 November, Barack Obama won an emphatic mandate for change. Over the next ten pages we celebrate
A new world
the road to victory
27.07.04 Obama delivers a rousing keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention.
03.11.04 Wins 70% of the vote to become Senator for Illinois, the only African-American in the Senate.
10.02.07 Announces his intention to run for the US Presidency.
04.01.08 Wins Iowa Caucuses, seen as his breakthrough victory.
29.04.08 Denounces Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his pastor of 20 years, amid controversy over the clergyman's racially charged speeches
03.06.08 During his victory rally, he and his wife Michelle celebrate with the now famous "terrorist" fist bump.
24.07.08 Over 200,000 people attend a Democrat rally in Berlin.
23.08.08 Joe Biden becomes Obama's running mate.
25.08.08 At the Democrat convention, Michelle Obama gives a powerful speech focusing on family and national pride
29.08.08 Formally accepts the party's nomination at the national convention in Denver, 45 years to the day after Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.
26.09.08 The first of the Presidential debates. The result is indecisive.
19.10.08 Amid a flurry of endorsements, a real surprise: Colin Powell
29.10.08 A record fundraising pot ($605m by late September) allows Obama to broadcast a half-hour, prime-time advert simultaneously on seven US TV channels.
02.11.08 One final controversy for the Obama campaign: his aunt is revealed to be an illegal immigrant.
04.11.08 Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States.
“We owe our children a better future. We owe our country a better future. And for all those who dream of that future tonight, I say – let us . . . work together.”
Obama on securing the Democratic nomination, June 2008
The work begins
"It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, at this defining moment, change has come to America."
Barack Obama, 4 November 2008
Democrat presidents’ share of popular vote
Obama 2008 52.3%
Clinton 1996 49.24%
Clinton 1992 43.3%
Johnson 1964 61.0%
Kennedy 1960 49.7%
The Democrats now control Congress
US House of Representatives
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