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12 Years Later: Obama’s DNC Speeches Then and Now

From left, Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and at the DNC in 2016. AP; Getty Images

Barack Obama entered the national spotlight with his rousing 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention, so it seems fitting that he appears at the DNC once again--12 years to the day after he gave the keynote address as a Senate candidate from Illinois--as he attempts to pass the political baton to Hillary Clinton.

In 2004, Obama received a standing ovation when he said, "I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America — there's the United States of America."

VIDEO: Obama delivers keynote at 2004 DNC

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