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  1. President Barack Obama
  2. President Obama's Domestic Agenda
  3. President Obama's National Security Agenda
  4. Obama and Religious Faith
  1. Obama's Landmark Speeches
  2. Obama's Campaign Promises
  3. The '08 Presidential Campaign - Highs and Lows

President Barack Obama

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On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected to be 44th U.S. President by a margin of 53% (66.9 million votes) to 46% (58.3 million votes) for Republican Sen. John McCain.

Previously, Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois in November 2004. Before that, he served for seven years as an Illinois State Senator. In 2005, Time magazine dubbed him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

President Obama's Domestic Agenda

Encouraged and emboldened by the passage of healthcare reform legislation in March 2010, President Obama plans changes and new legislation in a myriad of domestic policy areas. The following articles describe the President's domestic policy agenda which stems from his goals and underlying principles on various other domestic policy fronts.

President Obama's National Security Agenda

National security is never far from Democratic minds, especially since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, despite liberals' traditional focus on domestic policies that honor the rights and take care of Americans.

To help you quickly grasp this administration's stances on various aspects of national security, I've pulled together summaries of President Obama's goals and plans for his first-term national security agenda.

Obama and Religious Faith

Includes President Obama's plan to partner with faith groups to provide community services, as well as important remarks and speeches by Obama about religious faith: about his own faith, the role of faith in U.S. politics, faith and AIDS, and faith and race.

Obama's Landmark Speeches

Barack Obama's speeches are admired, at home and internationally, for both his oratorical skills and his inspiring, independent-minded words and thoughts. Obama speeches included here are regarded as among his most controversial or inspiring.

Obama's Campaign Promises

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Specifics of policies and plans promised by Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign on the most important issues.

The '08 Presidential Campaign - Highs and Lows

Barack Obama's official campaign for the '08 presidential race lasted almost two years, from announcement of his candidacy on a frosty February 2007 morning in Springfield, Illinois to his eloquent election night speech in Chicago's Grant Park on November 4, 2008.

This historic campaign witnessed an epic, and close, struggle for the Democratic nomination between Obama and Hillary Clinton; a memorable convention in Denver that generated record-smashing attendance and TV viewership, and a short, dramatic, occasional bitter fall campaign against Sen. John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

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