President-elect Obama said in his speech on Monday, that this is the time to make things different for our environment.
“This time we cannot fail, nor be lulled into complacency simply because the price at the pump has – for now – gone down from $4 a gallon. To control our own destiny, America must develop new forms of energy and new ways of using it,” he said.
President-elect Obama talks about Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Steven Chu, who was chosen as the next Secretary of Energy. Chu who has worked as a scientist, teacher, and administrator has been working at the cutting edge of our nation’s effort to develop new and cleaner forms of energy.
President-elect Barack Obama takes a break from assembling his Cabinet on December 14 to tend to some serious business: this year’s Christmas tree.
Obama waves to supporters after picking the perfect Christmas tree for his family in Chicago.
President-elect Barack Obama nominated former Senator Tom Daschle as secretary of Health and Human Services and named him the director of a new White House Office of Health Reform.
At a press conference for the announcement, President-elect Obama said, “The time has come–this year, in this new Administration–to modernize our health care system for the twenty-first century; to reduce costs for families and businesses; and to finally provide affordable, accessible health care for every American."
President-elect Obama announced his team on heath care reform. They include Senator Tom Daschle and Dr. Jeanne Lambrew.
“Tom Daschle knows how to reach across the aisle and bridge partisan divides and he has the trust of folks from every angle of this issue. Jeanne brings a depth and range of experience on health care that few can match. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” said Obama.
President-elect Barack Obama also nominated Dr. Jeanne Lambrew, left, who will serve as deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Dr. Lambrew is a nationally recognized expert on Medicare, Medicaid and children’s health care.
Vice-President-elect Joe Biden, left, President-elect Barack Obama and former Vice-President Al Gore met at Obama’s transition office in Chicago where for at least two hours they discussed “green jobs” as a way to both improve our failing economy and end our dependence on foreign oil.
President-elect Barack Obama speaks to the press after meeting with former Vice-President Al Gore and Vice-President-elect Joe Biden.
The trio spoke at length about various ways to improve our energy and climate systems.
“We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way,” said Obama.
President-elect Obama answers questions posed by veteran newsman Tom Brokaw during a taping of “Meet the Press.”
President-elect Obama introduces retired General Eric Shinseki as his secretary of veteran affairs at a press conference in Chicago.
Retired General Eric Shinseki addresses the press after being named Obama’s secretary of veteran affairs.
President-elect Barack Obama introduces New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as his commerce secretary during a recent press conference.
President-elect Barack Obama looks on as his new Commerce Secretary Bill Richardson addresses the press.
December 2, 2008 – Chicago businesswoman and Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and the president-elect descend from a charter plane as they arrive back in Chicago. The two were in Philadelphia for the National Governor’s Association annual meeting, where the nation’s governors took turns getting Obama’s ear and explaining their state’s needs for 2009.
December 2, 2008 – President-elect Obama leaves the Philadelphia Sports Clubs gym in Philly after a workout.
December 2, 2008 – Trying to get just a touch of love, Philadelphia school children stand behind the Sheraton Hotel’s fence as they spot President-elect Obama.
December 2, 2008 – Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour shakes hands with President-elect Obama as he arrives at the National Governor’s Association meeting.
December 2, 2008 – President-elect Barack Obama and Vice-President-elect Joe Biden confer at the National Governors Association annual meeting in Philadelphia.
December 1, 2008 – President-elect Obama stands alongside members of his newly selected team of power players. Former Nato chief General James Jones stands at the podium.
December 1, 2008 – Attorney General-select Eric Holder speaks at a press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. President-elect and Senator Hillary Clinton listen as Holder accepts the nomination.
December 1, 2008 – President-elect Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton are on hand as Dr. Susan Rice is announced as Obama’s pick for United Nations ambassador.
President-elect Barack Obama greets his soon-to-be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Flanked by Vice-President-elect Joe Biden and his pick for secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, Obama meets the press.
Clinton and Obama attend a press conference.
Obama and Clinton depart a news conference after the president-elect named the former first lady his secretary of state.
The future president and first lady attend a funeral in Chicago the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The Obama family spent Thanksgiving Eve helping distribute turkeys at a food bank on Chicago’s South Side.
Supporter Veronica Lewis is overwhelmed to see the Obamas at the event.
President-elect Obama shares a laugh with oldest daughter Malia as they greet families in the community.
Young students at St. Columbanus Catholic School in Chicago enjoy Obama’s surprise visit.
Desiree Rogers was named President-elect Barack Obama’s social secretary this week. She is the first African-American to hold the position.
Obama introduces Peter Orszag, left, his new director of the office of management and budget, and Rob Nabors, the department’s deputy director.
President-elect Barack Obama and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett spied a few pies as they ordered lunch in Chicago.
Obama takes a break from appointing Cabinet positions to ponder a more important decision: pecan or apple pie?
Barack Obama announced Monday his plan to get our economy back on track and the team of people he’s confident will make that happen.
President-elect Barack Obama introduces members of his economic team during a press conference in Chicago on Monday. From the left are next year’s treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, the next council of economic advisers chair Christina Romer and Lawrence Summers, our country’s next chief of the national economic council.
Obama continues to detail his plans for when he begins office on January 20, 2009.
Obama stands with his Vice-President-elect Joe Biden and other members of his administration.
President-elect Obama is photographed leaving a friend’s home in Chicago after having dinner Saturday night.
An obvious Chicago White Sox fan, President-elect Obama leaves the University of Chicago Lab School after getting a game of basketball in on Saturday.
Sources close to Senator Hillary Clinton say the former presidential candidate will accept the position as secretary of state in Obama’s administration.
Clinton lent her support to Obama’s White House bid after losing to the president-elect in an intense primary campaign.
As first lady for eight years, Clinton is no stranger to the White House. She is expected to resign from her Senate seat to join Obama’s Cabinet as secretary of state.
Obama and Hillary address supporters in Orlando, Florida, just weeks before the election.
Obama watches attentively as Clinton spoke of the need for bringing Democrats together to support Obama at the party’s national convention in August.
President-elect Barack Obama grins as he takes questions on his White House administration.
Former presidential competitors Senator John McCain and President-elect Obama have a meeting of the minds and discuss plans to move the country forward.
The former rivals combined forces to get their party back in the White House. They chat outside his campaign plane in Florida.
Obama and Clinton catch up in Florida.
Malia and Sasha Obama get a little help from their Secret Service detail as they head to school. The President-elect and Mrs. Obama are currently vetting schools in Washington, D.C.
Obama and Tammy Duckworth salute in honor of Veteran’s Day. Duckworth campaigned for the former Senator saying, “Barack Obama is right for our military. Barack Obama is right for our veterans. Barack Obama is right for our country.”
President-elect Obama walks with Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, who is the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. They took part in a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Obama has made the war in Iraq one of his top priorities when he takes office in January. Here he embraces Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs four years ago when she was copiloting a Blackhawk helicopter north of Baghdad and a rocket-propelled grenade struck her cockpit.
The president-elect clearly has his priorities in check. Here he is kissing daughter Malia as he drops her and sister Sasha off at the University of Chicago Laboratory School.
First Lady Laura Bush and First Lady-to-be Michelle Obama get to know each other at the White House.
President Bush welcomes President-elect Obama to the White House. The two sat across from one another in the Oval Office where they talked about the issues that are heavily affecting our country.
President George W. Bush and wife Laura met President-elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle in their first official greeting at the White House.
President-elect Barack Obama spends quality time with his first lady Michelle at Spiaggia restaurant in Chicago.
Senator Barack Obama won the election November 4, becoming the forty-fourth president of the United States and the country’s first Black commander-in-chief.
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,” he said, as he began his acceptance speech in front of thousands in his hometown of Chicago.
Jubilation spread throughout the country and world when the news was announced. Obama’s late father’s homeland of Kenya has already marked Thursday, November 6, a day of celebration because of the senator’s win.
“It’s been a long time coming,” our next president said. “But tonight—because of what we did on this date, in this election, at this defining moment—change has come to America.”
The president-elect celebrates his historic win surrounded by his family, including wife Michelle, daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, and Vice-President-elect Joe Biden and his family.
President-elect Obama’s long road to the White House finally ended and the work of bringing his campaign goals to life begins. He was honest with supporters on the struggles ahead.
“We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there,” he said. “I promise you, we as a people, will get there.”
Obama spoke to 9,150 folks at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Florida. The final day before the election, Obama began his day with news his grandmother’s passing. He credits her with helping to raise him.
‘’We must seize the moment. We dreamed of this hour and now it’s within our grasp, “ he told supporters. “Sisters and brothers, we don’t need a field goal. We need a touchdown.’’
Obama’s opponent John McCain was also in Florida for the final day, and hosted a rally at midnight in the southern part of the state, which is a Democratic stronghold. Obama took on the more conservative areas.
“Together, our voices are more powerful than the most entrenched lobbyists or the most vicious political attacks,” he told the crowd.
Obama takes a call at his headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. The state played a pivotal part in his Primary win. The campaign shared that his grandmother, who passed that morning, voted with an absentee ballot before she died.
Though sadden, the senator continued his last day of campaigning and made his rounds in Charlotte.
Pamphlets and fliers educated voters on where Obama and running mate Joe Biden stand on the issues.
Smiling, Obama waved to North Carolina supporters after his impassioned speech.
The Obama campaign holds strong in Charlotte, as an estimated 25,000 supporters gathered to see him.
Obama has fought to loosen the long held Republican grip of Virginia.
“Virginia, your votes can change the world!” he told the crowd.
In preparation of the event, supporters put on their Obama best to attend the last day of the campaign. One store was completely sold out of Obama gear.
Obama got emotional while sharing with North Carolina supporters how his grandmother was much like many of them.
“She’s one of those quiet heroes that we have all across America who—they’re not famous, their names aren’t in the newspapers, but each and every day they work hard,” he told the crowd. “That’s what America’s about. That’s what we’re fighting for. In just one more day, we have the opportunity to honor all those quiet heroes all across America and all across North Carolina,”
“You can keep your dignity, keep your decency, and still win,” he told the crowd.
Senator Obama ended his campaign with a message of hope and the power of change.