The race to decide the democratic nominee for the 2008 US Presidential Election was by anyone’s standards a stirring moment in history. Although almost unimaginable only a few short years ago, it seemed likely that for the first time ever the nominee would be a woman – and a woman with impeccable political credentials. But that dream ride to the White House was not to be, because her opposing candidate for the Democratic nomination was another one for the history books, the young national Senator for the state of Illinois, Barack Obama.
It soon became apparent to observers across the globe that, while in any other year Clinton would have had the nomination sewn up, she had the misfortune to face a politician who is truly one out of the box!
So how did a man named Barack Hussein Obama, born to an American mother and Kenyan father get to this exalted position?
Phrases like ‘meteoric rise’ trip off the tongue when you begin to consider this 47- year-old, who only became a national senator in 2005. In three short years he has made an indelible impression on the world political landscape! This is his story.