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1996 Obama wins election to the Illinois Senate. 2008 Obama defeats Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York to become the Democratic presidential candidate. On November 4, Obama defeats Republican John McCain in the presidential election and becomes the first African American elected president of the United States. Obama signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law on February 17. S. economy. In March, Obama directs the government to take over two failing carmakers, General Motors and Chrysler.
Obama’s mother studied anthropology. apartheid (uh-PAR-tyd): Apartheid was a system of legal racial discrimination in South Africa. Obama spoke out against apartheid while he was a college student. audacity (aw-DA-suh-tee): Audacity is boldness or daring. Obama gave a speech on the audacity of hope. bills (BILZ): Bills are ideas for new laws. A bill becomes law after both houses of Congress pass the bill and the president signs it. campaign (kam-PAYN): A campaign is a group of activities designed to achieve a result.
Obama was the first African American president of the United States. That night, Obama stood before a crowd of more than 200,000 people in Chicago and spoke of the historic moment, “If there is anyone out President-elect Obama waves to supporters on election night, November 4, 2008, becoming the first African American to be elected president of the United States. 30 there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible . . ” Obama had many ups and downs during his [first] four years as president.