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On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama became the first black president of the history of the United States.


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Fifteen years ago, on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. Our archival reporting looks back at this historic election.

At 47, Barack Obama, the first African-American to run for president, presents a sheet impressive road. However, beyond his political career, it is his unique personality that fascinates, both among his admirers and among his detractors.

In this report broadcast on TéléjournalOn August 25, 2008, journalist Joyce Napier and director Bruno Bonamigo are in Chicago to introduce us to Barack Obama, the man who aspires to become the next president of the United States.

Joyce Napier and Bruno Bonamigo introduce us to Barack Obama, the man who aspires to become the next president of the United States.

This report focuses on Barack Obama's journey as a community organizer in Chicago's South Site and as a lawyer passionate about constitutional law.

Through his work as a community organizer, Barack Obama wants to mobilize the black community and expand his network. He yearns for true power, the only way, he believes, to change things.

It was in Chicago that Obama honed his oratorical skills, where he learned the more passionate style of Martin Luther King.

A quote from Joyce Napier

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On November 5, 2008, Joyce Napier reports on Obama's resounding victory, which will mark the story in several respects.

His report is presented on the program 24 hours en 60 minutes, hosted by Anne-Marie Dussault.

Reporting by journalist Joyce Napier on Barack Obama's electoral victory. Host: Anne-Marie Dussault.

The first black person to be elected president of the United States, this Democrat also managed to get 64% of registered voters to go to the polls, the highest voter turnout rate in 100 years.

Barack Obama finished with 349 voters, compared to 163 for Republican candidate John McCain.

After the historic triumph comes the inevitable and harsh reality. As journalist Joyce Napier points out, Barack Obama inherits a nation on the brink of a recession and a country at war on two fronts [in Iraq and Afghanistan].

A few months later, on January 20, 2009, the Radio-Canada correspondent in Washington presented a report on the swearing-in of the new president.

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Reporting by Joyce Napier on the swearing-in of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. The news bulletin is hosted by Céline Galipeau.

(New window)Once again, this moment marks American history as a human tide of two million people filled with " hope attends the inauguration ceremony of the first black president.

A man whose father might not have been served in a neighborhood restaurant 60 years ago can now stand and take the oath.

A quote from Barack Obama

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