A Long Time Coming. The Inspiring, Combative 2008 Campaign by Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas

By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas

In line with in-depth reporting by way of a unique workforce of Newsweek journalists and written by means of bestselling writer Evan Thomas, A very long time Coming tells the interior tale of Barack Obama’s conquer Senator John McCain to turn into the 1st African-American U.S. president. In juicy element, it chronicles the lengthy siege among Obama and Hillary Clinton, the wild journey of John McCain, and the explosive arrival of Sarah Palin. eventually, it indicates how Obama overcame occasions of vexation and self-doubt to remodel himself from the consummate outsider to the convinced chief of an unstoppable political movement—one that introduced wish and the potential for redemption to the U.S..

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Obama was a good listener, attentive and empathetic, and his powerful mind could turn disjointed screeds into reasoned consensus, but his appeal lay in something deeper. He was a black man who had moved beyond racial politics and narrowly defined interest groups. He seemed indifferent to, if not scornful of, the politics of identity and grievance. He showed no sense of entitlement or resentment. Obama had a way of transcending ambition, though he himself was ambitious as hell. In the grasping race for status and achievement—a competition that can seem like blood lust at a place like Harvard—Obama could make hypersuccessful meritocrats pause and remember a time (part mythical perhaps, but still beckoning) when service to others was more important than serving oneself.

Some 22 percent were under the age of 25, an unusually high percentage from an age group not known for voting. Hillary won just 5 percent of their votes. An aide approached McAuliffe and said the president wanted to see him. McAuliffe was escorted to the Clintons’ suite by a Secret Service agent. He found Bill Clinton watching a bowl game on TV. The ex-president seemed perfectly relaxed and jovial. ” Clinton asked. “We’re going to get killed,” said McAuliffe. ” Hillary emerged from the bedroom.

S. Senate. Craig was immediately taken with Barack Obama. “He spoke 20 to 30 minutes, and I found him to be funny, smart and very knowledgeable for a state senator,” Craig recalled. ” IT WAS TRUE. CRAIG READ Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope, which, Craig said, “floored me,” and later chanced to ride with Obama on the Washington shuttle. He read Obama’s earlier autobiography, Dreams of My Father, and was “blown away,” he recalled. ” In November 2005, Craig sat next to George Stevens, an old friend of the Robert Kennedy clan, at another Obama speech.

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