Election of 2008


In the 2008 election, voters had the choice between the Democratic Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, and the Republican Senator from Arizona, John McCain. Barack Obama was the first African-American representative of a major party, and John McCain was the oldest representative for a first term. On November 4, 2008, the voters had their chance to choose the new leader. Obama was thought to have one of the best campaigns in the history of presidential elections. The campaign based on, “Change,” was a popular hit for numerous amounts of people. Pop culture stars would wear shirts speaking of “Change,” and displaying Obama’s head. Obama’s campaign showed as a larger force than McCain’s campaign because Obama pulled in 53% of the votes while McCain received 46%, all with a margin of approximately 8 million votes. Now the democrats had majority control of branches with two.

“The election itself set records. In addition to raising an unprecedented amount of money for a political campaign, Obama ran the first campaign in which digital media played an integral role. Voter turnout, which included a record number of early voters, was the largest for any presidential campaign. Some experts estimated that 25 percent of the 125 million people who went to the poBarack-Obama-John-McCain-Elections.jpglls took advantage of extended early voting days or cast absentee ballots” (World Book Online). As one could see this election was a huge deal, it’s a time for a president to emerge and take the United States out of a decline and “change” the United States for the better to take us back to the top in economy. McCain was linked to meltdown of the economy from the George Bush era including bank failures, stock market crash, and high home foreclosure rates.

On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated into the office of President of the United States of America. Obama became the first African-American President of the United States, and the 44th President. Barack Obama always kept positive telling every negative person out there “Yes we can.”