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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

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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What Joe Biden’s visit to Las Vegas says about Nevada Democrats

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

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Biden, DNC chair to campaign in Las Vegas for congressional hopeful

Tue, Jul 15, 2014

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Many on the right think it’s time to impeach Obama

Thu, Jul 3, 2014

For many on the far political right, it's high time to charge President Barack Obama with high crimes and misdemeanors. The "I-word" — impeachment — is creeping ...

President singles out Las Vegas entrepreneur as new wave of nation's makers gathers at White House

Wed, Jun 18, 2014

It’s not every day a Las Vegas resident gets a shoutout from the president. But today, President Barack Obama singled out entrepreneur Jen McCabe as a key player in a ...

Obama lambastes climate change deniers as ‘radical fringe’ in California speech

Sat, Jun 14, 2014

President Barack Obama Saturday tore into those in Congress and the media who deny climate change, calling them a radical fringe that threatens the future by shutting down debate even ...

Possible sites for Obama’s presidential library come into focus

Thu, Jun 12, 2014

The South Side lakefront jewel where Barack and Michelle Obama held their wedding reception vs. a rare, open downtown field set against Chicago's majestic ...

Harry Reid says he ‘can’t vote’ for Obama’s controversial judicial pick

Wed, May 14, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said he opposes the nomination of President Obama’s pick for the federal bench, Georgia state Judge Michael Boggs, pointing to his history of ...

Wynn reiterates: Despite what George Clooney says, I didn't call Obama an (expletive)

Fri, May 2, 2014

In an interview with Bloomberg Television's Stephanie Ruhle, Steve Wynn again denied George Clooney’s version of a stormy ending to a dinner at Botero that …

Americans are cutting Obama slack on the economy despite pessimism

Wed, Apr 30, 2014

Americans remain dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy — not a surprise considering that growth barely registered during the first three months of this year. But they also ...

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.


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Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination at Denver's Mile High Stadium.
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