United States Presidential Election
America Votes 2008

John McCain (republicans)
McCain's journey

Barack Obama (democrats)
Obama's journey

Calendar 2008

Results Election Day 2008

Barack Obama, has been voted the 44thPresident of the United States, according to projections by broadcast and cable news networks.
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January 20, 2009
Obama sworn in as 44th president
Barack Obama, swearing an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution, became the nation's 44th president at noon today in a solemn ceremony almost as old as the nation itself.

At that moment a roar rose up from more than 1 million spectators who had jammed on the mall for two miles west of the capitol. The U.S. Marine Band struck up Hail to the Chief and cannons boomed a 21-gun salute to the first African American president. Read more

January 19, 2009
Obama sets off on train ride to Washington
President-elect Barack Obama, delivering a pledge "to take up the work'' that the patriots of American independence started here, launched a thematic train ride that will deliver the incoming president to Washington Watch video / Read more

January 13, 2009
Obama warns Democrats of veto over bailout funds
Tested before taking power, President-elect Barack Obama privately delivered a pre-inauguration veto threat to fellow Democrats on Tuesday, saying they would not deny him use of the remaining $350 billion in federal bailout funds.
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January 8, 2009
President-Elect Thanks the Ex-Presidents for Their Counsel
President-elect Barack Obama's press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement on the lunch meeting between Obama and four presidents, which The Post's Dan Eggen covers here. Read more

January 6, 2009
Obama predicts $1 trillion deficit 'for years to come'
President-elect Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the nation could face "trillion-dollar deficits for years to come" but vowed to pursue long-term budget changes as he presses for immediate new spending and tax cuts to jump-start the struggling economy. Read more

January 4, 2009
Obama arrives in DC area 2 weeks before inaugural
President-elect Barack Obama landed in the Washington area Sunday evening, setting up the final march toward his Jan. 20 inauguration. Read more

November 5, 2008
Obama turns to building a presidency
His storied election behind him and weighty problems in his face, Barack Obama turned Wednesday to the task of building an administration in times of crisis as Americans and the world absorbed his history-shattering achievement as the first black leader ascending to the presidency. Read more

November 4, 2008
Barack Obama victory speech: Change has come to America (video)
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. Read more

McCains Concession Speech (video)
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN: Thank you. Thank you, my friends. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening. (Cheers, applause.) Read more

Obama Elected 44th President
Barack Obama, capping an unprecedented rise, has been voted the 44th President of the United States, according to projections by broadcast and cable news networks. Read more

McCain votes in Arizona, Palin in Alaska
As Republican presidential candidate John McCain arrived at the Albright United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona Tuesday to vote, scores of supporters cheered: 'Go, John, go.' Read more

Historic Election 2008: For the Record Books
First, most, longest. Election 2008 has redefined American politics in a rainbow of historic records that are likely to resonate across the cultural landscape for decades to come.

The historic campaign -- nearly two years long -- was marked by breakthroughs in race, gender, age, fundraising and use of technology. Read more

Voting machine problems reported on East Coast, in Midwest
Breakdowns are plaguing polling places in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Problems are also reported in New York state, Virginia and Florida. Read more

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Election Calendar 2008





  • April 22 - Pennsylvania primary
  • (date to be determined) - The 2008 US Constitution Party National Convention convenes in Kansas City, Missouri.




  • July 10-13 - The 2008 Green Party National Convention convenes in Chicago, Illinois.


  • August 25-28 - The 2008 Democratic National Convention convenes in Denver, Colorado.


  • September 1-4 - The 2008 Republican National Convention convenes in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • (date to be determined) - First Presidential Debate


  • (date to be determined)- Vice Presidential Debate
  • (date to be determined)- Second Presidential Debate
  • (date to be determined)- Third Presidential Debate


  • November 4 - General Election Day


  • December 15 - Electoral College casts official votes for President & Vice-President; each state's electors meet in the state capital