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Barack Obama: A Photo History

The candidate from his childhood years to the national stage

Barack Obama Timeline: 1960's - Baseball Bat

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Barack Obama playing baseball circa the Sixties.

Barack Obama Timeline: January 28, 2008 - State of the Union

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January 28, 2008

Obama watches as George W. Bush delivers his final State of the Union speech on January 28, 2008  in Washington, DC.

Barack Obama Timeline: January 28, 2008 - Ted Kennedy

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January 28, 2008

Obama confers with Sen. Ted Kennedy before the State of the Union speech by George W. Bush on January 28, 2008 in Washington, DC.

Barack Obama Timeline: February 3, 2008 - Delaware Rally - Between Flags

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Feburary 3, 2008

Obama addresses a rally in Rodney Square on Feburary 3, 2008 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Barack Obama Timeline: February 3, 2008 - In Flight

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February 3, 2008

Obama talks with members of the media while flying from Wilmington, Deleware to Chicago on Feburary 3, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: February 5, 2008 - Voting

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February 5, 2008

Obama votes in the Democratic primary at Shoeshmith Elementary School on Feburary 5, 2008 in Chicago.

Barack Obama Timeline: February 26, 2008 - Signing Autographs

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February 26, 2008

Obama signs autographs after a debate with Hillary Clinton at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center on February 26, 2008 in Cleveland.

Barack Obama Timeline: February 26, 2008 - Barack and Clinton

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February 26, 2008

Hillary Clinton looks on as Obama speaks to NBC's Brian Williams during a debate at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center on February 26, 2008 in Cleveland.

Barack Obama Timeline: February 29, 2008 - Audience

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February 29, 2008

Obama greets supporters at a rally near San Antonio on February 29, 2008 in Selma, Texas.

Barack Obama Timeline: March 1, 2008 - In Flight

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March 1, 2008

Obama shares a light moment with journalists on a flight from Providence, Rhode Island to Cleveland, Ohio on March 1, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: March 2, 2008 - Barack Smile

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March 2, 2008

Obama smiles during a community meeting on rural economy and green jobs in Nelsonville, Ohio, on March 2, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: March 2, 2008 - Town Hall Meeting

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March 2, 2008

Obama addresses a town hall meeting at Westerville Central High School in Westerville, Ohio on March 2, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: March 3, 2008 - Introduction

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March 3, 2008

Obama is introduced at a campaign event at Hocking College on March 3, 2008 in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Barack Obama Timeline: 4/21/08: Heinz Jerry

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April 21, 2008

Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey  and Teresa Heinz-Kerry  stand on stage during a rally at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  April 21, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 4/21/08: Univ of PA swamped

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April 21, 2008

Barack Obama at the end of a rally at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 21, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 4/22/08: Mellencamp

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April 22, 2008

Barack Obama stands with musician John Mellencamp during a rally at the Roberts Stadium on April 22, 2008 in Evansville Indiana. Today Voters in Pennsylvania went to the polls to cast their vote in the Democratic primary.

Barack Obama Timeline: 4/22/08: Diner

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April 22, 2008

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are having breakfast at Pamela's Diner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 4/22/08: Philly kids

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April 22, 2008

Barack Obama says "cheese" while posing with children at a day care center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2008.  Obama and his rival New York Sen. Hillary Clinton are fighting for the 158 delegates in the last of the big state primaries.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/1/08: TOWN HALL

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May 1, 2008

Barack Obama addresses supporters at a town hall style meeting at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds May 1, 2008 in South Bend, Indiana.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/2/08: Fmailt

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May 2, 2008

Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sacha disembarks from a plane at Indianapolis international aiport in Indianapolis, May 3, 2008 as he continues on the campaign trail.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/3/08: old house walker

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May 3, 2008

Barack Obama walks to greet local residents at a house where his great-great-great grandfather lived in Kempton, Indiana, May 3, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/3/08: skating rink daughter

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May 3, 2008

Barack Obama helps his daughter Sacha to roller skate at Great Skate Fun Center in Lafayette, Indiana, May 3, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/3/08: with Michelle (hug)

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May 3, 2008

Barack embraces his wife Michelle while meeting families during a picnic at a park in Noblesville, Indiana on May 3, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/4/08: Basketball

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May 4, 2008

Barack Obama plays basketball at Riverview High School in Elkhart, Indiana, on May 4, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/6/08: cellphonew

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May 4, 2008

Barack Obama is handed a cell phone with a person named Hillary on the line while canvassing for votes in Elkhart, Indiana, May 4, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/5/08: Labor lunch

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May 5, 2008

Senator Barack Obama meets with labor union members over breakfast at the Labor Temple in Evansville, Indiana, on May 5, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/6/08: Beer

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May 6, 2008

Barack Obama has a beer at the Raleigh Times Bar on May 6, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/6/08: rally

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May 6, 2008

Barack Obama stands on stage with his wife Michelle during a primary results rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 6, 2008. Barack Obama took a stride towards the Democratic Party's presidential nomination with victory over Hillary Clinton in North Carolina.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/9/08: Oregonb

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May 9, 2008

Barack Obama speaks during a rally at the University of Oregon, May 9, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/12/08: fist Pound at pub

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May 12, 2008

Barack Obama bumps fists with Iraq war veteran Paul Scott after playing a game of pool during a stop at Schultzie's Bar & Hot Spot on May 12, 2008 in Springhill, West Virginia.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/13/08: Cap hill

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May 13, 2008

US Senator Barack Obama walks back to his office after a series of votes on the Senate Floor on May 13, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/14/08: John Edwards

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May 14, 2008

Barack Obama and John Edwards participate in a rally at Van Andel Arena, May 14, 2008 in Grand Rapids, MI. Former U.S. Senator Edwards announced that he now endorses Obama for Democratic nominee.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/17/08: iconic loooking out

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May 17, 2008

Barack Obama looks on during a campaign rally at Roseburg High School May 17, 2008 in Roseburg, Oregon.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/18/08: HUGE CROWD

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May 18, 2008

Barack Obama speaks to a crowd at Waterfront Park May 18, 2008 in Portland, Oregon. An estimated 75,000 people came out to see Sen. Obama speak as he wraps up his  campaign through Oregon.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/25/08: Wesleyan commencement

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May 25, 2008

Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at Wesleyan University May 25, 2008 in Middletown, Connecticut. Obama is stepping in for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was diagnosed this week with a cancerous brain tumor.

Barack Obama Timeline: 5/30/08: Mount Rushmore

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May 30, 2008

Barack Obama made a last-minute nighttime trip to see the presidential faces on Mount Rushmore May 30, 2008 at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, South Dakota. Citing the size of his ears, Obama joked that he would not want his face added to the memorial.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/1/08: CLOUDS

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June 1, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama addresses a rally on the street in front of the Corn Palace June 1, 2008 in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/1/08: corn palace

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June 1, 2007

With the Corn Palace rising up behind him, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama arrives at a rally June 1, 2007 in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/2/08: Tattoos

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June 2, 2008

Barack Obama talks about tattoos as he greets workers at the Rite Aid Distribution Center June 2, 2008 in Waterford, Michigan.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/3/08: Engulfed

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June 3, 2008

Supporters engulf Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama  during a rally at the Xcel Energy Center June 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Obama captured enough votes in Tuesday's primaries in Montana and South Dakota to earn the Democratic presidential nomination, bringing to a close his battle with rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/3/08: Plane

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June 3, 2008

Barack Obama aboard a plane from Chicago moments before landing at Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 3, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/3/08: THE FIST PUMP

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June 3, 2008

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle fist bump before an election night rally at the Xcel Energy Center June 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/3/08: with michelle

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June 3, 2008

Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive at Chicago Midway airport on June 3, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/7/08: HillARY

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June 7, 2008

Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters on June 7, 2008 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Clinton on Saturday threw her full support and energy behind Barack Obama, as she endorsed the Democratic White House nominee and vowed to do all she could to send him to the White House.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/12/08: Wiscon (profile shot)

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June 12, 2008

Barack Obama speaks at a town hall meeting at Kaukauna High School June 12, 2008 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. In a recent poll of Wisconsin voters, Obama is leading the presumptive Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by 13 points.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/15/08: fathers day

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June 15, 2008

Barack Obama participates in a church service before giving a speech about fatherhood at Apostolic Church of God June 15, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

Barack Obama Timeline: 6/16/08: GORE

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June 16, 2008

Barack Obama and former U.S. vice president Al Gore appear on stage together after Gore spoke endorsing him at a rally at Joe Louis Arena June 16, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.

Barack Obama Timeline: 7/21/08 helicopter

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July 21, 2008

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, speaks with Sen. Barack Obama during an aerial tour July 21, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq.

Barack Obama Timeline: 7/21/08 soldiers

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July 21, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama talks with airmen during lunch at the Desert Wind Dining Facilty in Iraq on July 21, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 7/24/08

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July 24, 2008

Barack Obama visits the Jewish Western Wall in the Jerusalem old city in the early morning on July 24, 2008. Obama was heading for Europe July 24 after vowing to forge an "unshakeable" bond with Israel if he becomes the next US president and warning a nuclear Iran would pose a "grave threat" which the world must forestall.

Barack Obama Timeline: 7/24/08

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July 24, 2008

Barack Obama visits the Jewish Western Wall in the Jerusalem old city in the early morning on July 24, 2008. Obama was heading for Europe July 24 after vowing to forge an "unshakeable" bond with Israel if he becomes the next US president and warning a nuclear Iran would pose a "grave threat" which the world must forestall.

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