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15 brought in 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African Americans. The success of this campaign brought Obama into the media which later helped his campaign for State Senate. In 1996, Obama ran as a Democrat for the Illinois State Senate and won, succeeding Alice Palmer for the 13 th District. He was reelected to Illinois State Senate in 1998 and once again in 2002. He went on to win a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2004. When it came time for the 2008 Democratic nominee for president, Obama became the official Democratic candidate over former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton. After a vigorous campaign against Republican candidate John McCain, Obama won the election and became the 44 th President of the United States of America on November 4, 2008. This day marked an incredible moment in history that many people would have thought to be impossible just 40 years prior. 13 Two months later, on January 20 th , 2009, it came time for the Presidential Inauguration, something that Americans, both Republican and Democrat, had been anxiously awaiting. This inauguration marked a significant day in America’s history, a day when a black man would be sworn in as the President of the United States. The speech that Obama was about to share would be a speech that signaled a change in the course of our history and, therefore, many Americans had high expectations of it. Barack Obama’s First Inaugural was primarily written by his speechwriter Jon Favreau. At just 27 years old, Favreau had already become one of the youngest chief speechwriters in the White House, an unattainable job to most. He was recommended to Obama by Robert Gibbs after he had worked on John Kerry’s campaign and has since been called Obama’s “mind reader” by the President himself. The process of writing the first inaugural was a joint effort. Obama began the process by sharing his vision for what the speech would entail while Favreau feverishly took notes on his computer. Favreau, along with a team of other speechwriters, then 13 Barack Obama. Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance . New York: Random House Large Print, 1995. Print.
16 spent weeks researching past inaugurals, presidents, and U.S. history before he came up with the first draft of the inaugural. The first draft was rewritten several times, then reread and further edited by Favreau and Obama, before the final version, which would be read in front of millions of Americans, would be completed. 14 Although the exact number of people in attendance at the inauguration is not known, it has been estimated to be around 1.8 million people. 15 The high turnout of this event was due in part to many different reasons, including the desire of many to hear the President speak of change and a hopeful future for the country. Even before his election, while he had a seat in Senate in 2006, Obama was seen as a “face of reform and change.” 16 This trait carried over into his campaign and election and can be seen in his speech. He represents this need for change in a powerful way. For example, “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are

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