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NBC Video: Barack Obama
2008: Obama announces 'change has come to America'
In his acceptance speech in Chicago's Grant Park, Sen. Barack Obama challenged the crowd of more than 125,000 people, saying, "if there's anybody out there who still questions... the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."

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Road to the nomination
Sen. Barack Obama becomes the first African-American presidential nominee of a major political party. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.
Cartoons: Obama
MSNBC.com's editorial cartoonists weigh in on Obama's candidacy.
Image: Barack Obama.
Polaris
Slide show: A call to serve
Sen. Barack Obama answers the call to public service.

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