From now until November, President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways.
Barack Obama in a 1975 photo from the Punahou School yearbook. He and his eighth-grade homeroom classmates pose with a slide projector as part of the yearbook's theme of "Nostalgia."
Punahou School occupies a privileged position in Hawaiian society. Barack Obama attended the school on a scholarship starting in the fifth grade. Punahou's lasting gift to Obama was that the elite environment familiarized him with success.
June 19, 2012 When President Obama first campaigned for the office he now holds, he promised to change the tone in Washington. But the tone has only gotten nastier. And after using Democratic majorities in Congress to muscle through major legislation, he's increasingly been stymied by a wall of GOP opposition.
June 13, 2012 As the Republican governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney worked with the overwhelmingly Democratic state Legislature to pass a landmark universal health care law. But some lawmakers say a CEO style that may have worked for Romney in the business world didn't always help his ability to govern.
May 22, 2012 After their first meeting in 1989, legendary law professor Laurence Tribe was so impressed with the skinny first-year law student in jeans, a sweatshirt and an afro, that he made a special notation on his calendar. The student, Barack Obama, went on to become the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.
May 21, 2012 Twenty years before President Obama graduated from Harvard Law School, rival Mitt Romney earned a joint degree from Harvard's law and business schools. Amid the '70s counterculture movement, Romney stood out as more of a Boy Scout type, classmates recall. But they say he was also a loyal friend.
May 7, 2012 A dozen years ago, Barack Obama ran an unsuccessful campaign for a U.S. House seat. Though his ambition proved no match for his opponent's experience, Obama honed his speaking style and cultivated relationships that would eventually help propel him to the White House.
May 7, 2012 Here's one thing Mitt Romney has in common with President Obama: They both lost their first political campaign. Romney went down in defeat when he took on Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994. In that race, he learned lessons that he has put in action on the trail — and said things that still echo today.