In July, 2004 Illinois State Senator Barack Obama gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention and left everyone talking.
I watched this live as many of us had. I recall saying to my wife that he will run for president, either in 20012 if Kerry wins or 2008 if he loses.
My next day at the office, people asked me if I saw the Obama speech at the convention. It was then I was certain of his fate.