Campaign rally in Missouri

Obama regularly drew rock-festival-size numbers to campaign events like this October rally in St. Louis. Detractors criticized his celebrity status and suggested there was no substance behind his stirring speeches, but the enthusiasm he generated translated into votes in the end.

( Joe Raedle / Getty Images / October 18, 2008 )

Obama regularly drew rock-festival-size numbers to campaign events like this October rally in St. Louis. Detractors criticized his celebrity status and suggested there was no substance behind his stirring speeches, but the enthusiasm he generated translated into votes in the end.

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