Business Insider – On November 4, 2008, more than 69.4 million Americans voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) to become the 44th president of the United States — and the first African-American to hold the position.

Obama, then 47, earned 365 electoral votes and nearly 53% of the popular vote in a wider-than-expected margin of victory. His Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), captured 173 electoral votes and a little more than 45% of the popular vote.

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Americans have now elected the country’s 45th president. Here are 44 memorable photos of America’s 44th president — Barack Obama.

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White House photographer Pete Souza took this photo of President-elect Barack Obama moments before Obama took the oath of office.


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