The Road to Denver

An incomplete history of Barack Obama's path to the Democratic nomination

2004

JULY 27 Obama enters the national collective consciousness with a stirring keynote speech at the Democrats' national convention in Boston

NOV. 2 Obama wins his U.S. Senate seat, resolves to keep his head down and learn the ropes

2006 OCT. 23

2007 JAN. 20 Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy via Internet video, declaring, "I'm in. And I'm in to win." (She was half right)

FEB. 10 Obama launches his presidential bid in Springfield, Ill.; 15,000 brave the cold. He likens himself to Lincoln and sells some hope

JUNE 13 A lip-synching Amber Lee Ettinger--a.k.a. Obama Girl--goes on YouTube to declare...

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