But plenty fell under the radar.
And, on The Early Show Wednesday, correspondent Jeff Glor explored Obama's background, pointing to five things many Americans almost certainly aren't aware of.
Glor also surmised what those things, taken together, seem to reveal about Obama -- for better or worse, depending on the perspective of the viewer.
Glor looked at everything from how Obama met his wife, Michelle, to his summer job as a teenager.
To see Glor's report, click on the arrow in the image below.