Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 | 12:27 p.m.
- Party: Democratic
- Political Position: U.S. Senator from Illinois, elected in 2004
- Age: 47
- Date of Birth: Aug. 4, 1961
- Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
- Home: Chicago, Ill.
- Spouse: Michelle Robinson Obama
- Children: Malia, Sasha
- Religion: United Church of Christ
- Education:B.A. Columbia University 1983; J.D. Harvard Law, 1991
- Experience: Illinois State Senate 1997-2004; Professor of constitutional law; Civil rights lawyer
- Notable: Obama picked up a penchant for playing basketball while in high school in Hawaii (where his parents met), but admitted he had to quit smoking before he began his presidential campaign. He has also penned two best-selling books: Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, and The Audacity of Hope
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has billed his presidential campaign as a grassroots movement for change. In speeches, he often cites the standing-room only crowds he has drawn across the country as a clear sign of an American electorate starved for a new kind of politics.
Early gatherings brought in 20,000 in Atlanta, and 15,000 in Austin, Texas, in 2007. He battled Hillary Clinton through the spring to eventually win the Democratic nomination in August, the first African-American to do so. And it has become clear that Obama was the Democratic Party's rock star of the 2008 race — so much so that a Republican ad has called him the biggest celebrity in the world.
Obama has carefully built a campaign around his background – the son of a Kenyan goat herder who won a scholarship to study in America and a white Kansas student who met in Hawaii; the first black president of the Harvard Law Review; a community organizer on the south side of Chicago; a civil rights attorney; an accomplished state senator – and his powerful personality.
His speech before the Democratic National Convention in 2004 instantly catapulted him to political celebrity, with some saying it eclipsed nominee John Kerry’s moment.
Obama voiced opposition to the Iraq war at a rally in fall 2002, something that consistently draws his biggest applause. Obama has promised to begin a withdrawal immediately, and to have only a minimal presence in Iraq within 16 months.
Only those with the sense to oppose the war from the start can be trusted to end it, he said.
Still, critics have consistently called attention to Obama’s experience gap (he was elected to the Senate in 2004).
And partly to quiet his critics, he named fellow Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., who experience on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as his running mate.
Obama still draws large gatherings when he speaks, including in mid September at the baseball field at Cashman Center in Las Vegas, where the crowd was estimated at 11,000.
At that gathering, Obama continued to swing away at the Republican ticket, saying that he and Biden will bring much-needed change to politics in Washington, D.C., and a change to the way the government deals with issues such as the war, the economy and health care.
- Obama on the Issues: A look at where Obama stands on the issues and how he has voted.
- Nevada Contributions: A breakdown of Obama’s financial contributions from the Silver State.
- State by State Contributions: A breakdown of Obama’s financial contributions across the U.S.
- Obama's MySpace Page: Read Obama's profile information and leave a message.
- Obama's Facebook Page: Read Obama's profile information and leave a message.
- Obama's Flickr Page: View Obama's photos from the campaign trail.
- Obama's YouTube Videos: View Obama’s latest political videos.
- Contact Info:
- Las Vegas Headquarters: 3041 East Flamingo Rd, Suite A, Las Vegas, NV 89121, phone: 702.253.2008
- Campaign Manager: David Plouffe and more key people.
- Website: www.barackobama.com