Meet The Candidate - A Brief Background On Barack Obama

When voting for a presidential candidate, it's critical to know as much as possible about that candidate. Understanding who they are and where they've come from will give you a better idea of where they are going ... and where they hope to take the country.

The trouble is that most information about the candidates falls into one of two categories -- exaggerations from their supporters, and smears from their detractors. This makes it hard to find unbiased information about the person's past.

In the case of Barack Obama, we hope to fill this void by providing some basic facts and background information about the presidential hopeful.

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