On November 4, 2008, the Democratic Senator from Illinois became the 44th US President, and the nation’s first black president. Surpassing all expectations, he took 349 electoral college votes to McCain’s 163.
New President-elect Barack Obama, who officially takes office on January 20, 2009, won by a landslide. He had been ahead in the polls, but sceptics had pointed out that the projected red-blue state distribution was similar to that immediately prior the last two elections. Back then, polls had predicted victory for the Democrats, only for the Republicans to win in a surprise upset.
This election also marked a victory for US democracy. With 136.6 million Americans voting, or close to 66%, this was the highest voter turnout in 100 years.
The fervour of Obama’s support was reflected in his record-making campaign fundraising, raking in over $650 million.
High expectations rest on Obama’s shoulders. Not only must he live up to the legend that took seed even before he became the Democratic candidate, but he also inherits a messy legacy. He will take office at a time when his country is witnessing its worst economic state since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and he will be expected to make good on his promise to set an agenda for troop withdrawal in Iraq. Now the real work begins, and the world is watching him closely.
Chicago’s Grant Park is getting set for Barack Obama’s address Nov. 4 night. It’s barely six miles, but a world away from Hyde Park, the neighborhood Obama has lived in since he made the Windy City his home.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other EU leaders congratulated Barack Obama on Wednesday on his "brilliant victory" in the US presidential election, expressing hopes for closer collaboration between Europe and the USA.
While Barack Obama’s election represented a break with America’s troubled racial past, in some pockets, the past lives on – as a growing number of black victims of extremist white rage have painfully learned.
US President-elect Barack Obama is due to officially announce his incoming economic team, including New York Federal Reserve head Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary and Lawrence Summers as National Economic Council chairman.
Barack Obama will nominate New York Federal Reserve head Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary, Obama aide David Axelrod told US media. Seasoned former policymaker Lawrence Summers is tapped to chair the National Economic Council.
Barack Obama's election has stirred the winds of change inside and outside America. From Nairobi to Washington via Baghdad or even Phoenix, our correspondents report on how Obama’s victory left people across the world awestruck.
Americans voted en masse to elect the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama. From Harlem to Los Angeles, our special correspondents followed events in the African-American community at this historic moment.
Elected the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama, 47, has reclaimed the American dream he defended throughout his campaign. Ambitious and charismatic, the Democrat has vowed to be a leader for all Americans.
In his first televised news conference as US president-elect, Barack Obama said he would back a further economic stimulus package, and that protecting jobs and the economy would be the top priority of his administration.
In his first press conference since winning the US election, President-elect Barack Obama said Iran's development of a nuclear weapon would be "unacceptable" and called for an international effort to prevent this eventuality.
France24.com has dispatched its correspondents to the campaign headquarters of both the Democratic and the Republican presidential candidates. Read articles and travel notes from the election’s front lines.
US president-elect Barack Obama has begun the process of forming a new US administration by asking Democratic Congressman Rahm Emanuel, who served in the Clinton administration, to be his White House chief of staff.
US President-elect Barack Obama has begun the process of forming a new US administration by asking Democratic Congressman Rahm Emanuel, who served in the Clinton administration, to be his White House chief of staff.
Barack Obama's ancestral country of Kenya has been celebrating his winning the US presidential election. President Mwai Kibaki was among the first foreign leaders to congratulate Obama, while declaring Thursday a public holiday.
Clay Smith, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the Pennsylvania primaries, is now working for Barack Obama. He is certain that polls don't reflect people's true feelings about his candidate, with racism the hidden variable.
In Chicago, our reporters came across some of the people who have met or worked with Barack Obama during his rise to power. They have high expectations of him should he win the election and become the first African-American president.