AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Obama's defining moments
As the sting from the 2000 Congressional loss wore off, Barack Obama and those behind him knew he had political life left in him, knew he felt called to serve. He just needed a place to do it.
Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.)
about this candidate
August 4, 1961
Chicago's South Side
Columbia University in 1983, law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991
Junior US Senator from Illinois
First African-American president of the Harvard Law Review in 1991, delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, helped pass major measures that combat the international trafficking of nuclear weapons, promote the use of alternative fuels, and open up the budget process to greater public scrutiny
Seven years in the Illinois State Senate, one term in the US Senate
Wife Michelle and two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7
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Senator Obama sounds off on the war in Iraq, healthcare, the economy, and the issue that sets him apart.
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