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Obama, first elected black candidate

Obama, first elected black candidate



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At the beginning of the electoral campaign, still in 2007, few bet on Barack Hussein Obama's candidacy, because he was unknown and also because he was black.

Obama had the perception that voters were looking for a change in the administration of the country - the main motto of his campaign -, thus winning the Democratic nomination with mass support after the last Democratic primaries.

On the night of June 3, after counting the votes from Montana and South Dakota, the Obama campaign team celebrated the unprecedented achievement. Obama is the first black man to become a major party presidential candidate.


Barack Obama celebrates with family and supporters the nomination achievement

The race issue, albeit in a veiled way, punctuated the senator's campaign. Following the discovery of the controversial sermons of Jeremiah Wright, his 20-year-old former pastor with whom he had to break up, Obama gave a speech on the theme that was marked as an example of the power of his rhetoric that eventually attracted thousands of people to his rallies.

"I chose to run for president at this historic moment because I deeply believe that we cannot solve the challenges of our age unless we do it together unless we perfect our union by understanding that while our personal histories may differ, we have common hopes." , said Obama at the time.

Even without constantly announcing that he could be the first black president of the United States, it was among black voters that Obama had the highest voting rates.

In his speech on the subject, Obama said he hopes to transcend differences between peoples so that together they can achieve a better future for their children and grandchildren.

"This belief stems from my unwavering faith in the decency and generosity of thefrom the United States. But it also derives from my personal history as an American. "

In November 2008, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States. At 47, he becomes the first black to rule the country.


Barack Obama, first black president of the United States, elected in November 2008.