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Today in History: Obama Elected


After years of segregation of races, November 4, 2008, was a shining moment for African Americans as the first black president was elected into office. With 365 electoral votes and over 53 percent of the popular vote, Senator Barack Obama became the first African American president of the United States of America.

Before claiming his seat as president, Obama was born in the last state to join the Union, Hawaii, with a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya. He attended Colombia University before becoming a law professor at the University of Chicago. In 1996, he was elected Senator of Illinois as a Democrat.

After helping make state earned-income tax credit, he was re-elected in 1998 and 2002. Obama also opposed President George W. Bush’s call to war with the country of Iraq as he mentioned at a rally in Chicago.

2007 is when he announced at Springfield, Illinois, that he was running for the spot as president. One of Obama’s long-running opponents in the election was Arizona Senator John S. McCain. As economic issues became the public’s main focus, both candidates tried to enthrall people with their economic improvement plans. Then the day November 4, 2008, finally came and, as you have probably guessed, Obama came out as the victor of the election of 2008, and he became the very first African American president of the United States.

In just a few short days, the results of this year’s election will be announced as Obama is leaving office, stepping down from the chair he sat in eight years ago.

You will be missed, Obama.

Research done with history.com, wikipedia