Best Obama Moments of 2008

Best Obama Moments of 2008
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 30, 2008

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On the all-important Super Tuesday, Barack Obama begins his morning with a game of basketball. Well-known for his love of the sport, the former high school hoopster continues to make the sport a constant on his weekly calendar.

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Confronting the Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy, Obama endures one of the most painful moments of his campaign as he publicly criticizes, while still supporting, his former pastor of 20 years during his famous speech on race.

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3 of 14 Corbis

The Obamas give the now legendary fist bump at a rally in St. Paul on the night the senator becomes the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for president.

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The Obama family celebrates the Fourth of July on the campaign trail in Montana.

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5 of 14 Getty Images

Obama draws an estimated crowd of more than 200,000 at the Victory Column in Berlin. His international trip gave hope around the world and addressed criticism of his lack of foreign policy experience.

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After his stirring speech before a crowd of 84,000 at Denver’s Invesco Field, Senator Barack Obama becomes the first African-American presidential nominee of a major party.

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Obama and Senator John McCain meet for their second presidential debate and both candidates share how they would help the failing economy and life for Americans.

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8 of 14 AFP

On Election Day Eve, Obama drums up support on the campaign trail with a heavy heart following the news of the passing of his grandmother. In Charlotte, North Carolina, he shed a tear while telling supporters of the amazing nameless heroes like his grandmother who make America great.

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The Obama family enters the polls for the special opportunity to cast their votes for United States president. Michelle and Barack were joined by millions of Americans who voted for the former Illinois senator.

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In front of thousands in Chicago’s Grant Park (and millions around the world), Barack Obama celebrates being elected the nation’s forty-fourth president and ending his long road to the historic victory.

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Obama continues to be a steady presence in the lives of his daughters and drops them off to school, following his election as president. Once they move to Washington, D.C., in January, Malia and Sasha will attend Sidewell Friends School.

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12 of 14 Getty Images

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.

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Following much speculation, President-elect Barack Obama announces his appointment of former rival Senator Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state.

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While vacationing in Hawaii for the holidays, President-elect Obama was able to attend the memorial of his late grandmother and scatter her ashes in the same place he laid his mother’s to rest more than ten years ago.

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