Out of all of 2008's biggest headlines, the election of Barack Obama may be the most significant. We started off 2008 with little idea that Barack Obama would be America's president-elect come year's end. A long road of formidable opponents, record fundraising, and dozens of debates led Obama to the White House. Take a look back at how Obama became the president-elect and made history as America's first African-American elected to the highest office!
At one Hollywood fundraiser Seal performed "A Change Is Gonna Come," while the campaign sang all the way to the bank. Estimated take from the shindig where VIP dinner tickets went for $28,500 per couple? About $5 million smackers. Not bad for a night's work.
Barack Obama spoke to tens of thousands of Berliners gathered at the foot of the Victory Column, chanting "Yes We Can" or "O-bam-a." Using the image of a wall in the city formerly home to the most infamous one, Barack Obama highlighted the common challenges facing America and its allies, especially Europe.
We had been waiting for days for the text message when we finally found out Obama chose Joe Biden as his VP choice. Biden was in his sixth term as the senior senator from Delaware, chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and in the running for the presidency this year before dropping out right after the Iowa caucuses.
During Obama's DNC acceptance speech, we saw Americans who have been hiding in the shadows of apathy or cynicism come out and get excited about the future of their country; Americans who showed that they can wait in a line for hours, just to participate in a celebration of their power to make a difference!