News of the Nation, 2008

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
2008 Year in Review

News of the nation in 2008 from the financial crisis to the presidential election

by Beth Rowen and Holly Miller
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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Historic Presidential Election

Barack Obama prevailed over John McCain and will become the nation's first African-American president

Obama Assembles a Centrist Administration

Obama's cabinet picks are known for their experience and resolve

Democrats Gain Seats in Congress

The 2008 congressional races featured several headline-making scandals and upsets

Financial Crisis Hits Hard

The grim financial situation hit many aspects of the U.S. economy and our pocketbooks

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