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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

Barack Obama's bio information.

Barack Obama on the issues

Mon, Oct 6, 2008

The following are Barack Obama's positions on selected issues.

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Girl hands first lady her unemployed dad's resume

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that ...

Is Barack Obama ‘black’? A majority of Americans say no.

Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Kathleen Sebelius, architect of Obamacare, resigning Cabinet post

Thu, Apr 10, 2014

A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration. The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky ...

Samsung hooks unsuspecting Obama as phone ad star

Wed, Apr 2, 2014

The latest pitchman in Samsung's marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama. Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with the president at a White House event ...

Time to give America a raise

Sun, Mar 30, 2014

As Americans, we believe that honest work should be rewarded with honest wages. That certainly means that no one who works full-time should ever ...

Obama pitches his health care plan on Funny or Die

Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication.

The tea party turns 5 today. Will it make it to 10?

Thu, Feb 27, 2014

Obama tells Pentagon to plan for Afghan pullout

Tue, Feb 25, 2014

President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a ...

Obama's preferred TV shows lean toward the heavy side

Sun, Jan 5, 2014

In his few quiet moments, President Barack Obama seeks not to escape to the delicious back-stabbing of the “Real Housewives” or the frivolity of the singing teenagers on “Glee.” By ...

Obama appoints MGM's Murren to national council

Thu, Dec 19, 2013

The CEO of MGM Resorts is joining the Obama administration to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. The White House announced the appointment of James J. Murren to the ...

Obama, Dems get behind Heller’s bill to extend unemployment benefits

Thu, Dec 19, 2013

If Congress restores funding for extended unemployment benefits, it will likely do so following Nevada Sen. Dean Heller’s script. The Republican has been getting a lot of powerful Democratic endorsements ...

Adelson says he would help Obama garner support for strike against Syria

Tue, Sep 10, 2013

Sheldon Adelson offered to help President Barack Obama drum up support among Republicans for a Syria strike, he told the National Journal in an interview last night.

US willing to go it alone against Syria if needed

Wed, Aug 28, 2013

The Obama administration said Wednesday it would take action against the Syrian government even without the backing of allies or the United Nations because diplomatic paralysis must not prevent a ...

When to strike: Syria timing is complex for Obama

Wed, Aug 28, 2013

Preparations for a highly anticipated strike on Syria could lead to an awkward decision on timing.

Newly documented young adults living up to deferred action's promise

Tue, Aug 27, 2013

While millions of immigrants residing in the country illegally are wringing their hands in a nervous holding pattern as Congress weighs a sweeping reform program, Las Vegan Juan Salazar has ...


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