Senator Barack Obama
Main article: Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008
See also: Political positions of Barack Obama
Barack Obama, born August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. Senator from Illinois. A draft Obama movement began with his well-received 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address. Obama was the featured speaker at Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, a political event favored by presidential hopefuls in the lead-up to the Iowa Caucus. Obama formally announced his candidacy on February 10, 2007.
On June 3, 2008, Obama became the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee by acquiring the 2,025 delegates required to win the Democratic nomination, according to multiple news sources.
Obama received the official Democratic presidential nomination from the Party's delegates at its 2008 National Convention in Denver, Colorado, held in August.
On November 4, Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States with 53% of the popular vote and 365 electoral votes. He assumed office on January 20, 2009 and is the first African American U.S. President.
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