Obama Suggests He Struggled In First State Senate Election To Raise Cash, But Didn't
"When I was running for State Senate, I could not afford television commercials," Obama recalled in Pittsburgh today. "And Michelle and I we used to go door to door and pass out fliers that had printed out at Kinko's, and march in 4th of July parades. It is was hard work." But according to an article that ran in the Hyde Park Herald Obama, raised a significant amount of his money for his primary, $60,000. He ran unopposed after petitioning to get his four primary opponents kicked off the ballot.
The Ultimate Barack Obama Video Timeline
To most Americans, Barack Obama seemed to appear out of nowhere, fully-formed, in 2008. This rarely-seen footage from 1991-2004 captures lesser-known moments in the future president's life -- as law student, community organizer, local politician, failed Congressional candidate, and Democratic nominee for Senate -- and offers a glimpse into his political and personal roots.