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Barack Obama

Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

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Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

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U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, carrying a message of change and an inspiring speaking style that brought thousands to his campaign rallies, battled through the state primaries earlier this year to eventually win the Democratic nomination for president — making history as the first African-American to do so.

Obama picked as his running mate fellow U.S. senator Joe Biden of Deleware. Biden was an early presidential rival to Obama, but dropped out after the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses when he got only 2 percent of the delegates.

However, Biden has had to eat some of his early criticisms of Obama, including a debate statement that Obama was too inexperienced to be president. (See YouTube video.)

NEVADA CAUCUS — Obama made several trips to Nevada during the primary season and won the endorsement of the powerful Culinary union. However, Nevada Democrats didn't immediately embrace Obama — he lost the first round of the Nevada caucuses on Jan. 19 to Hillary Clinton. (See the Sun's extensive coverage.)

But by the time the final numbers rolled in, Obama finally won the majority of Nevada's state delegates — and enough delegates overall to beat Clinton and secure the Democratic nomination.

WINNING THE WEST — After the grueling primary battle, a team of Sun journalists took a "Winning the West" road trip in August through the Southwest on the way to the Democratic and Republican national conventions. (See stories, videos, photos and blogs.)

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION — At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Obama brought olive branches to Clinton supporters, enlisting the Clintons to try to put some salve on the deep wounds that the slashing, sometimes ugly primary battles had brought to the party. (See the Sun's team coverage.)

Since that time, Obama has continued his message of change, saying that Republican presidential nominee John McCain represents the same type of Republican leadership that allowed the Wall Street meltdown to happen. He took swings at McCain during a September visit to Las Vegas.

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Barack Obama - bio information

Mon, Aug 25, 2008

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Mon, Oct 6, 2008

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Sun, Oct 9, 2016

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Obama cancels meeting with new Philippine President Duterte

Mon, Sep 5, 2016

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Sun, Aug 28, 2016

President Barack Obama and the first family are hiking at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. Their visit Sunday comes as the National Park Service's celebrates its centennial ...

Obama returning from summer vacation ready for busy fall

Sun, Aug 21, 2016

His first order of business is a Tuesday trip to Baton Rouge, La., to survey damage from flooding that killed at least 13 people and forced thousands …

Obama opens up about his golf game: Sand tips needed

Sun, Aug 7, 2016

Opening up about his golf game, President Barack Obama said he needs some help with his shots out of the sand ...

Clinton, Obama, stand-ins emphasize Hillary's trustworthiness

Mon, Jul 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton and her high-powered campaign stand-ins are talking about trust everywhere they speak these days, and for good reason. On Sunday's news shows, Sen. Sherrod Brown, R-Ohio, and Labor ...

Obama campaign machine revving up to elect Clinton

Sun, Jul 3, 2016

The crown jewel of Obama's machine, an email list of supporters that included 20 million addresses in 2012, is now fully available to Clinton. That list had been closely held ...

Clinton's choice for first event with Obama: North Carolina

Sat, Jul 2, 2016

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Obama OKs federal aid for West Virginia; at least 24 dead

Sun, Jun 26, 2016

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Obama: Women helped by his policies, but more to accomplish

Tue, Jun 14, 2016

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that women and girls have made great strides in the nearly eight years he's held office but asserted that they can claim even more progress ...


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