"This is our time. This is our moment. Our time to turn the pages of the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the callenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for this country that we love."

Senator Obama began his career working with church groups to hep Chicago neighborhoods devastated by a local steel plant closure. As a state senator, Obama worked to expand health care to more than 150,000 parents and children and give $100 million in tax breaks to working families. In the U.S. Senate, Obama passed bills to cut the influence of Washington lobbyists with the toughest ethics reform legislation since Watergate.

Barack Obama was raised by a single mother from Kansas and his grandparents. He earned scholarships and worked his way through college before choosing a life of public service. He is a devoted husband and the proud father of two daughters. Obama's Christian values are an integral part of his life and inspire his commitment to serve others.