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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: 8/28/08

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August 28, 2008

Barack Obama  walks torward his his daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama and wife Michelle Obama after his speech on day four of the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field at Mile High August 28, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is the first African-American to be officially nominated as a candidate for U.S. president by a major party.

Barack Obama Timeline: 8/29/08

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August 29, 2008

Barack Obama and his running mate, US Vice Presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden, order ice cream at the Windmill Ice Cream Shop in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, August 29, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 8/31/08

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August 31, 2008

Barack Obama holds a baby while talking to voters during a stop at the Pier 32 restaurant in Hamilton, Indiana, on August 31, 2008 with his running mate Joe Biden. Obama and Biden are on the third day of their "On the Road to Change" tour through battleground states.

Barack Obama Timeline: 9/4/08: power plant

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September 4, 2008

Barack Obama receives a tour of the Voith Siemens Hydro Power Plant in York, Pennsylvania, September 4, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 9/4/08: firefighters

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September 4, 2008

Barack Obama and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey pose for photographs with local firefighters and residents in Columbia, Pennsylvania, September 4, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 9/10/2008 virginia high school

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September 10, 2008

Barack Obama talks with students in a Freshman Leadership Seminar class at Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 10, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 9/11/08 clinton

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September 11, 2008

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton meets with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in Clinton's Harlem office September 11, 2008 in New York City.

Barack Obama Timeline: 9/19/08

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September 19, 2008

Senator Barack Obama meets with economic advisors at Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Florida, September 19, 2008.  Former Chairman, US Federal Reserve Paul Volker and Citigroup Director and senior advisor Robert Rubin.

Barack Obama Timeline: 9/26/08

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September 26, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain  shake hands at the beginning of the first of three presidential debates before the 2008 election September 26, 2008 in the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.

Barack Obama Timeline: 10/1/08

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October 1, 2008

Barack Obama leaves the Capitol after voting on the financial bailout package on October 1, 2008 in Washington, DC.

Barack Obama Timeline: 10/3/08

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October 3, 2008

Barack Obama greets students from Springfield Township Elementary October 3, 2008 in Glenside, Pennsylvania, after buying flowers for his wife Michelle on their sixteenth wedding anniversary.

Barack Obama Timeline: 10/6/08

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October 6, 2008

Barack Obama shakes hands with customers after buying lunch at 12 Bones Smokehouse on October 6, 2008 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Barack Obama Timeline: 10/7/08

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October 7, 2008

Sen. John McCain greets Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) during the Town Hall Presidential Debate at Belmont University's Curb Event Center October 7, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. This debate is the second presidential debate of three, the only one being held in the town hall style with questions coming from audience members.

Barack Obama Timeline: 10/8/08

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October 8, 2008

Barack Obama waves to the crowd before speaking October 8, 2008, at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio.

Barack Obama Timeline: 10/11/08

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October 11, 2008

Barack Obama during a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 11, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 10/14/08

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October 14, 2008

Barack shares a laugh with a supporter as he greets people at Maumee Bay resort where he was staying as he prepares for his debate October 14, 2008 in Oregon, Ohio. Obama continues to campaign as Election Day begins to draw near as he runs against his Republican challenger, Sen. John McCain.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/2/08

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November 2, 2008

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama greet Bruce Springsteena and his wife Patti Scialfa during a rally in Cleveland on November 2, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/04/08: Barack and flags

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November 4, 2008

U.S. President elect Barack Obama gives his victory speech to supporters during an election night gathering in Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08 Backstage - barack solo before speech

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November 4, 2008

Barack Obama backstage at Chicago's Grant Park before making his victory speech on election night, November 4, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08 Backstage - family watching tv

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November 4, 2008

Family and friends of Barack Obama watching the results on television on election night November 4, 2008 in Chicago.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08 Backstage - walking with michelle

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November 4, 2008

President elect Barack Obama exits the stage following his victory speech with his wife Michelle Obama at Grant Park in Chicago on November 4, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08 Backstage - walking with michelle

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November 4, 2008

President elect Barack Obama exits the stage following his victory speech with his wife Michelle Obama at Grant Park in Chicago on November 4, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08 Backstage - watching mccain speech

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November 4, 2008

Barack Obama watches as Senator John McCain gives his concession speech during election night on November 4, 2008 in Chicago.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08 Backstage - watching with mich

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November 4, 2008

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle watch reports on the election results during election night in Chicago on November 4, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08: Michelle hug

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November 4, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama embraces his wife Michelle after his victory speech in Chicago on November 4, 2008.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08: Obama and Biden

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November 4, 2008

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle stand on stage with Joe Biden and his wife Jill during their election night victory rally at Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08: Obama exit

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November 4, 2008

U.S. President elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walk off the stage following his victory speech during their victory rally in Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08: Sasha and Malia

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November 4, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama embraces his daughters Sasha and Malia during his victory rally in Chicago on November 4, 2008

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08: Speech

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November 4, 2008

U.S. President elect Barack Obama gives his victory speech to supporters during an election night gathering in Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/4/08: victory rally

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November 4, 2008

Barack Obama and his family on stage for his election night victory rally at Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/7/08 finance meeting

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November 7, 2008

Barack Obama speaks to the press on November 7, 2008 in Chicago. Obama met Thursday with the Transition Economic Advisory Board, on the day the US Labor Department said 240,000 jobs had been cut in October, the 10th straight month of job losses, and new revisions meant that a whopping 651,000 workers have lost their livelihoods in the past three months alone.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/10/08 - Ladies and Pressies

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November 10, 2008

US President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and president-elect Barack Obama stand outside the Diplomatic entrance of the White House on November 10, 2008 in Washington. Obama is visiting the White House at the invitation of Bush ahead of his January 20, 2009 inauguration as the next president.

Barack Obama Timeline: 11/10/08-Oval Office

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November 10, 2008

President George W. Bush meets with U.S. President-elect Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House November 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. This is the first visit for Barack Obama to the White House before he is sworn into office as President of the United States.

We are One: Obama Arrives

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January 18, 2009

Barack Obama climbs up stairs to deliver his speech during the "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on January 18, 2009.

We are One: Obama Arrives w michelle

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January 18, 2009

Barack and Michelle Obama greet the crowd gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the "We Are One" concert on January 18, 2009.

We are One: Obama greets

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January 18, 2009

Barack Obama addresses the performers at the "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on January 18, 2009.

We are One: First family

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January 18, 2009

Barack Obama and his family watch the the "We are One" Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial with Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill on January 18, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Barack Obama Timeline: January 20, 2009: Crowd Gathers on National Mall

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January 20, 2009

An immense crowd gathers on the National Mall to witness Barack Obama take the oath of office as 44th US president on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Barack Obama Timeline: January 20, 2009: Aretha Franklin Performing at Inauguration

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January 20, 2009

Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Barack Obama Timeline: January 20, 2009: Obama dances at Ball

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January 20, 2009

President Barack Obama dances with his wife and First Lady Michelle Obama during the Western Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Barack Obama Timeline: January 20, 2009: Obama Giving Inaugural Address

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January 20, 2009

President Barack Obama gives his inaugural address during his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Barack Obama Timeline: January 20, 2009: Obama is Sworn In

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January 20, 2009

Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United Statesas the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.

Barack Obama Timeline: January 20, 2009: Obama is Sworn In

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January 20, 2009

Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United Statesas the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.

Barack Obama Timeline: January 20, 2009: Obama is Sworn In

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January 20, 2009

Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United Statesas the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.

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