President Obama, launching his final campaign: "I'll need you to help shape our plan as we create a campaign that's farther reaching, more focused, and more innovative than anything we've built before."Watch Video
Apr 04 2011
2012 campaign launches
May 01 2011
Osama bin Laden brought to justice
President Obama announces to the country and the world that Osama bin Laden has been brought to justice.
June 18 2011
First national weekend of actionView
Sep 20 2011
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" endsView
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" endsSep 20 2011
The discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy comes to an end, allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in our armed forces.
Oct 17 2011
1 million donors
The campaign reaches a milestone: 1 million grassroots donors have pitched in what they can afford to own a piece of the campaign, including 16,059 people named John. Find out more about the first million donors.
Nov 06 2011
One year out
One year out from the election, volunteers from sunny California to snowy Colorado and everywhere in between head out to register voters and recruit volunteers.
Dec 15 2011
War in Iraq endsView
War in Iraq endsDec 15 2011
The last convoys of American troops leave Iraq, marking the end of the war.
Jan 03 2012
Iowans caucus for President Obama in the state where this movement's story started.Listen
Feb 10 2012
The story of usView
The story of usFeb 10 2012
Five years after Barack Obama took to the stage in Springfield, Illinois to announce his intention to run for president, a look back at the story of us.
Feb 25 2012
"Why I support Obama"
One supporter's eight reasons for voting for President Obama.
Feb 27 2012
Women for Obama
Cathryn, a neighborhood team leader in North Carolina, hosted a Women for Obama house party at the local Touch of Class salon in Garner—bringing together brand new supporters and volunteers who have been a part of this movement since 2008.
Feb 28 2012
President Obama speaks at the United Auto Workers conference
"They think the best way to help families afford health care is to roll back the reforms we passed… Not to put too fine a point on it—they're wrong."
—A fired-up President Obama addresses the UAW conference
Apr 12 2012
The race is on: Got his back?
Apr 19 2012
Campaigning in all 50 states
By April 2012, operations were up and running in 50 states. The campaign went on to open 813 field offices across the country.
May 05 2012
First campaign ralliesView
May 09 2012
President Obama announces his support of same-sex marriage
Supporters talk about what the President’s support for marriage equality means to them, their friends, and their loved ones.Read stories
“Marriage equality would allow me to legally state my commitment to my partner, and would allow us the simple rights that so many already have. My heart was overwhelmed with hope and love after President Obama’s public support for marriage equality. I am hopeful for a future where I am able to show and share my love with my partner by marrying him.”
“I was raised by my two loving parents, Anne and Jenny. Yes, they're both women. Yes, that means they're gay. No, that doesn't mean that our family is of any less value than another. President Obama supports the rights of my family, and that's something that cannot be argued with. I am honored that my first vote in a presidential election will be for Barack Obama.”
“What you said to the American people took real courage: the kind of courage that is required of LGBT men and women daily. Thank you for caring enough for all Americans to take a stand on same-sex marriage. I want you to know how happy, hopeful, and free I feel today because you had enough courage to do what is right—even in the face of political adversity—in support of my civil rights. You've made a difference already.”
“Thank you, President Obama! As the mother of a gay son, this has touched my heart deeply. To have my extraordinarily kind, loving son be denied marriage and a family is beyond wrong. To have your support on this issue makes me not only love you as a President, but love you as a human being.”
June 15 2012
President Obama lifts the shadow of deportation for thousands of young people
President Obama announces a change in immigration policy to allow DREAMers to stay in the country without fear of deportation.Lindsay's story
“On November 3rd, 2012, I’m marrying Daniel—the most incredible, generous, and loving man I've ever met. Daniel was brought to America at the age of 4. He graduated from college in 2010, has no criminal record, and is an incredibly talented artist.”
“On our second date, Daniel nervously told me he is not a U.S. citizen. Not realizing the full implications, I shrugged it off with a smile. After becoming engaged, we had a more serious discussion about his situation and the full reality hit me. Daniel explained, with tears running down his face, how he didn't choose this situation—how he feels trapped, and how frustrating it is. I made it clear to him that no matter what happens, I will stand by his side.”
“On June 15th, I boarded an airplane to see my family for Father's Day. As soon as the plane was in the air, I flipped on CNN. And then I gasped. What I saw unfolding was hope: hope for Daniel’s and my future. After we landed, I called Daniel. He was shocked. I ran into the house when we got there and turned on the TV in time to watch President Obama give his speech. As I explained what was happening to my dad, we both choked up.”
“Thank you, President Obama. Your courageous decision to do what is right means Daniel and I can now both pursue our dreams without fear of the future. I know the road ahead for us is still long and hard. But as my dad keeps saying, ‘it's a game changer.’ You gave my dad the best Father's Day gift imaginable and you have changed our lives forever.”
June 28 2012
Supreme Court upholds ObamacareView
Supreme Court upholds ObamacareJune 28 2012
The Supreme Court votes to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Jul 04 2012
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take in some fireworks on Independence Day.
Jul 09 2012
Outraised and outspent
The campaign is being outraised by the Romney campaign and the Republicans—meaning it's being outspent.
Aug 11 2012
Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan as his running mate
Mitt Romney announces his choice for a running mate: Representative Paul Ryan.
Aug 29 2012
President Obama does Reddit Q&A
The President does a Q&A on Reddit that becomes the biggest day in the site's history.
Aug 30 2012
A message to our opponents: This seat's taken
Sep 01 - 04 2012
President Obama's Road to Charlotte
"We’ve got more good jobs to create. We’ve got more energy to generate. We’ve got more young people to send to college. We’ve got more good teachers to hire and we’ve got more good schools to build. We’ve got more troops we need to bring home. … We’ve come too far to turn back now."
President Obama stops by Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, and Virginia on his way to Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.Watch Video
Sep 04 - 06 2012
The Democratic National ConventionView
The Democratic National ConventionSep 04 2012 - Sep 06 2012
President Obama at the Democratic National Convention: "We don't turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up."
Sep 08 2012
Voter registration drives
Thousands of volunteers organize across the country to get voters registered ahead of deadlines.
Sep 10 2012
Supporters close the fundraising gap
The campaign announces that grassroots supporters helped close the fundraising gap with Romney and Republicans in August —the first time since April.
Sep 28 2012
A young volunteer
At just 16 years old, Riley is one of Ohio’s youngest neighborhood team leaders. In Bowling Green, she not only saw President Obama speak for the first time in her life, she got an unforgettable hug.
Sep 30 2012
10,000,000 donations in 2012
Oct 01 2012
A letter from Brittany.
Dear President Obama,
Hello! My name is Brittany and I live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I am 25 years old (but I will be 26 on October 3rd!). I am a registered Democrat and I have been voting since I was 18. I am one of the 47% of Americans who fall under Mitt Romney's definition of "entitled" and "unable to take responsibility for my life." I have Down syndrome.
Oct 03 2012
"Keep the faith."View
Oct 04 2012
30,000 people and President Obama in MadisonView
30,000 people and President Obama in MadisonOct 04 2012
30,000 people and President Obama in Madison
Oct 13 2012
4 million grassroots donors
Four million grassroots donors have donated to the campaign. That’s about 1 in 75 Americans, including five beekeepers in Oregon and 177 photographers in Ohio.
Oct 24 2012
48-hour cross-country tourView
48-hour cross-country tourOct 24 2012
The President takes a whirlwind trip around the country: 48 hours, 8 states, no sleep.
Nov 05 2012
Final campaign rallyView
Final campaign rallyNov 05 2012
President Obama holds his final campaign rally in the state where it all started: Iowa.
President Obama's victory speechView
President Obama's victory speechElection Night
"For the United States of America, the best is yet to come." —President Obama in his victory speech
Nov 07 2012
President Obama thanks supporters and staffView
President Obama thanks supporters and staffNov 07 2012
"I'm really proud of all of you." —President Obama thanks volunteers and staff at campaign HQ in Chicago
What comes next?
Thank you for being a part of this story—now it’s time to keep making progress on the issues that matter to you.
Add your name to stand with President Obama for the next four years, and share what you hope we’ll achieve together.
My husband and I keep saying to each other how excited we are that President Obama was re-elected. My favorite memory is watching the election results and being astonished and overjoyed at the results of all of his and so many volunteers’ hard work. Tears were in my eyes. Every single day, I give thanks he is our president. His humility in talking to his Chicago staff and the country about how we have made him a better president is awesome and inspirational. His legacy is already made, but I foresee great things from him. I love how he is standing up for climate issues, immigrants, the poor and the middle class. God bless the President and his family as he serves the country and our world.
November 6th, when I knew Barack Obama had won his second term as President, was one of the happiest days of my life. My daughters, who are 12 and 9, followed this race closely with me. My little girls even campaigned for you, because they know this is their future we are talking about, and I have always taught them their decisions are theirs and no one else's to make for them. Please stand by what we have all fought for—what my little girls are fighting for—because they want a life that is equal for them in health care, pay, and society altogether. Keep moving forward and continue to fight the fight you have fought the last four years to make us whole again.
This election, for me, was the difference between living with confidence or living in fear. Can I be competitive in the workplace independent of my medical condition? Or am I defined by it? So when I went to fill out my absentee ballot, even though I live in a deeply conservative state, it was important for me to fill in that circle for the President. It means that on January 1st, 2014, I can stand tall again after years of fighting a chronic illness because I can no longer be denied health care coverage due to my pre-existing condition. Nobody in the United States should have to go without a meal, not have a roof over their head, or have to beg for lifesaving medical care. By passing health care reform, we're one step closer to that ideal.
I think President Obama faces significant challenges, but he is one of the most remarkable leaders of our time. I am confident that he will have the power to heal our nation, and once again create that shining city on the hill that President Reagan talked about. To me, this means the restoration of the middle class, renewed hope for my future, and my continued support for President Obama and the Democratic Party.