He electrified the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He's prompted cries of "first black president". He's Barack Obama, the United States senator from Illinois.

Surrounded by his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, he takes a rare break from his 16-hour workday to sit down with Oprah at his Chicago home.

"I don't consider myself political and I seldom interview politicians. So when I decided to talk with you [Barack], people around me were like, 'What's happened to you?' I said, 'I think this is beyond and above politics.' It feels like something new." — Oprah


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