November 4

November 4, 1988 – Senator Barack Obama Elected U.S. President

Illinois Senator Barack Obama was elected the first African American President of the United States on November 4, 1988. This epic moment in American history culminated after what many consider the most effective campaign for President in the history of our nation.

Presidential candidate Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and his children Malia and Sasha wave to the audience at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, August 25-28, 2008 LCCN2010719320 Presidential candidate Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and his children Malia and Sasha wave to the audience at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, August 25-28, 2008The Obama for President campaign was better organized, better at raising funds and better at generating an enthusiasm in voters for their candidate than their competitors in the democratic primary and general election. Obama announced in 2007 that he would campaign for the nation’s highest office, the presidency of the United States.President Barack Obama President Barack Obama (December 6, 2012)

He defeated his republican opponent John McCain by 365 to 173 electoral votes.  President Obama received 52.9% to McCain’s 45.7% popular vote. President Obama was reelected to his second presidential term on November 6, 2012. He defeated his republican opponent Mitt Romney by 332 to 206 electoral votes.  President Obama received 51.1% to Romney’s 47.2% popular vote. President Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for his second term as President of the United States on September 6, 2012. The campaign began officially on April 4, 2011 with the announcement of his candidacy along with Vice President Joe Biden as his running mate.

Barack Obama family portrait 2011 Official portrait of the Obama family in the Oval Office. (December 2011)The 44th and current President of the United States and the first African American President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama II was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Sr.  President Obama received his B.A. degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Harvard University where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He entered politics as a state senator representing the 13th District in Illinois where he served three terms from 1997 to 2004. During that period he ran unsuccessfully for the United States Congress in 2000. In 2004 President Obama ran and won in a political campaign for the United States Senate in Illinois. President Obama is married to the former Michelle Robinson and they have two dau