The son of a Kenyan father and an American mother from Kansas, Obama seems to be at ease in both worlds and indeed has sought to rise above the issue of race, to be a president who can unify all races.
Democratic convention speech (2004): The acclaimed speech elevated Obama in the ranks of the Democratic Party and a leader was born who later promised to bring change.
Obama said, "Can we send a message to all those weary travelers beyond our shores who long to be free from fear and want that the United States of America is, and always will be, ‘the last best, hope of Earth?"
Victory Speech in Chicago -- November 5, 2008: Barack Obama's victory speech, many believe, was an emotional but controlled reference to race; to his colour.
Two days before his inauguration, and from the White House, President-elect Barack Obama addressed the thousands at a glittering pre-inauguration celebration.