Michelle Obama greets supporters in Columbus, Ohio.
Obama shares his message with Columbus, Ohio, voters.
One of Obama’s 60,000 supporters in Columbus waves her sign on the Statehouse grass.
Obama goes on the stump in Columbus, Ohio.
Cheerful supporters listen to Obama in Cincinnati during his last stop in the state after Columbus and Cleveland.
Tears of joy stream down the face of one supporter witnessing Obama on the campaign trail.
Sisters lean in to hear Obama share his message of hope and change.
Obama makes his round to greet supporters.
Barack enjoys a sweet embrace from wife Michelle.
The couple is all smiles as the days of campaigning wind down.
Sasha Obama, 7, welcomes dad to Pueblo, Colorado, for a day of campaigning.
A young supporter looks on as Obama speaks in Colorado.
The Obamas enjoy a family meal inside a local diner in Pueblo.
The Obama clan share a fun moment on the runway.
Obama’s speech is ready to go for the rally of thousands.
A supporter in Henderson, Nevada, sheds a tear as the historic campaign makes its way to the state.
Obama prepares for takeoff for one of the final campaign stops.
Obama gets daughter Malia in a bear hug as advisers chuckle nearby.
The Obama campaign headed to Missouri next for a rally in Springfield.
Sasha, 7, waits patiently backstage with her dad.
A supporter reaches out and touches Obama hands.
Obama continues to stump in Florida, this time in Sarasota.
The senator greets supporters on a sunny day.
“After nine straight months of job losses and the largest drop in home values on record, with wages lower than they’ve been in a decade, why would we keep on driving down this dead-end street?” he told the crowd.
Obama struts his stuff through a pumpkin patch.
Obama is keeping a priority, making his tenth trip to the state since he won the nomination for the Democratic Party. He greeted thousands of supporters in Virginia Beach.
A young supporter looks on as Obama makes his speech and hopes to make history if elected.
Obama spoke to residents at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater around 6 p.m. and charged supporters to do their part.
“Everybody is going to have to vote. Everybody is going to have to work,” he said.
Obama’s presence excites the crowd as the fight tightens for the state’s 13 electoral votes.
As news of the economy’s biggest decline since 2001 made headlines, Obama galvanizes college students in the Midwest, who came from 19 universities to attend the rally on the campus of University of Missouri-Columbia.
“We can’t afford right now to slow down, or sit back or let up for one day or one minute or one second of the next five days,” Obama said.
Heading farther south, Obama greeted thousands of fans in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the day’s first campaign appearance and reiterated that the time for change is now.
Obama takes the stage to thunderous applause.
“I’m worried about the middle class. And I won’t just fight for your vote in the final days of the election, I will fight for you every single day that I’m in the White House,” the senator told the crowd.
Raleigh citizens are excited to greet the candidate as he makes his way through the crowd.
Amid great applause in Sunrise, Florida, Obama paints a picture of life after the election.
“In six days, we can choose hope over fear, unity over division, the promise of change over the power of the status quo,” he said. “In six days, we can come together as one nation, and one people, and once more choose our better history.”
In Kissimmee, Flordia, 35,000 supporters showed up for the first appearance of former President Bill Clinton with Barack Obama. Onlookers like this guy witnessed a historic moment as Clinton asked, “Are you ready for a new president?”
A week before the election, Obama isn’t deterred by a rainstorm, telling a crowd of supporters in Chester, Pennsylvania, that they are “so close” to a win.
A young Obama supporter braves the crowd for a glimpse at the historic candidate on Widener University’s campus.
The “Change We Need” message drew crowds of all ages, as the economy remained the hot topic of Obama’s speech to voters.
Obama shared some differences between Senator John McCain and President George W. Bush: “When it comes to the issue of taxes, saying that John McCain is running for a third Bush term isn’t being fair to George W. Bush. He’s proposing $300 billion in new tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations. That’s something not even George Bush proposed.”
Leading in the polls, Obama is hoping to be the first Democratic candidate the state has picked in 44 years.
Signs of hope greet Obama in Norfolk, Virginia. “Don’t think for one minute that power will concede without a fight,” he told supporters.
Obama enjoys a laugh as he heads out for another day of campaigning.
The senator leaves his home base in Chicago to board a plane headed toward his next stop—a rally in Canton, Ohio.
Obama greets some of the 4,900 supporters who came out to the Canton Civic Center to hear him speak about what he will do for the economy as president.
Senator Obama saunters on stage in Canton, Ohio, where he gave a speech he called his “Closing Argument.”
The Democratic nominee told the audience that he would create 2 million new jobs by rebuilding the country’s roads and bridges and by laying broadband lines to deliver high-speed Internet access to “every corner of the country.” They seemed to agree with what he had to say.
Brought to tears, this woman is a witness to Obama’s message of hope when he asked a Canton crowd, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Senator Obama leaves Canton and heads to Pittsburgh for a rally.
Just a short flight away, the senator lands in Pittsburgh, where a vehicle sits on the tarmac waiting to take him to the rally.
Obama steps onto the stage at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh to the thunder of applause from 15,800 people who came to see him.
Pittsburgh Steelers President Dan Rooney introduced Senator Obama and said, “…it’s not all about the money—it’s about helping others and treating people the right way with dignity and respect." Then he presented Senator Obama with a Steelers jersey with “Obama” and the number “08” on the back.
Present day and future Pittsburgh voters show some emotion.
A rally participant listens to Obama say, “After decades of broken politics in Washington, eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush, and 21 months of a campaign that has taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are one week away from change in America."
The Obama campaign promises to return to western Pennsylvania and rally voters with former President Bill Clinton.
Obama informs the audience he’s a man who stands for “new ideas, new leadership and a new kind of politics.”
Senator Obama greets his Pittsburgh supporters after his rally. Republican rival Senator John McCain held his own rally in Pottsville, Pennsylvania (about 90 miles outside of Philadelphia), around the same time.
Dropping by unannounced, Senator Obama visited his South Side canvassing headquarters, surprising about a dozen volunteers who were busy calling voters.
According to police estimates, Barack Obama drew a crowd of 100,000 people as he spoke at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver last weekend.
Supporters listened to Obama explain his tax plan, saying that wealthy individuals benefit from a prosperous middle class.
Almost stunned by the enormous turnout of supporters, Senator Obama said, “Goodness gracious! Who are those folks way at the top of the capitol over there? Unbelievable!”
Obama stands before a massive gathering during a rally in Denver. Behind him was a group who held 10-foot letters spelling out “CO4CHANGE.”
Obama supporters waved flags to welcome the senator to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The line to see Senator Obama at CSU stretched for 2.5 miles through the campus. Fifteen minutes before the event, security officials decided to let the entire crowd inside.
Supporters listened intently as Obama encouraged everyone to go out and vote early.
Obama shook hands of the young and old as he greeted supporters on Colorado State University’s campus.
Senator Obama made an unscheduled stop, surprising volunteers at the Obama campaign office in Brighton, Colorado, on Sunday.
Putting him to work, volunteers show Senator Obama how to run through a list of callers.
My fellow American, will you vote for Barack Obama?
Obama seems to be getting the hang of this calling thing, as he and Colleen McCormick and her 13-month-old daughter Gracie, left, encourage residents to vote for the Illinois senator.
The Democratic nominee made a campaign visit to Nevada.
Speaking outdoors, with his sleeves rolled up, at the University of Nevada at Reno’s baseball stadium, Senator Obama told a crowd of about 8,000 people that the economic turmoil has Americans no longer asking are you better off than four years ago, saying, “The question is, are you better off than four weeks ago?”
“It meant the world to her and it meant the world to me,” Senator Obama told the crowd in Reno. Some supporters gave the candidate cards and flowers for his ailing grandmother.
In a speech given in Reno, Nevada, Obama spoke about John McCain’s disagreements with President Bush saying, “It’s like Tonto getting mad at the Lone Ranger.”
Obama departs to the next stop on the campaign trail. The race is still tight in Nevada, a state that has backed the Republican candidate for the last ten elections.
A rally participant tries to beat the sun’s glare to see Senator Obama on stage.