America's improbable experiment in democracy

This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign – to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.

Barack Obama, March 18, 2008

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For more on the design explosion the Obama campaign has sparked, read Kristin Gorski's article about artists inspired by the campaign, and Steven Heller and Brian Collins' discussion of Obama's use of the Gotham typeface. More posters and art here and here.