By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas
According to in-depth reporting by way of a distinct group 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 develop into the 1st African-American U.S. president. In juicy aspect, 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 exhibits how Obama overcame instances of vexation and self-doubt to rework himself from the consummate outsider to the convinced chief of an unstoppable political movementone that introduced wish and the potential for redemption to the U.S..
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Extra resources for A Long Time Coming. The Inspiring, Combative 2008 Campaign and the Historic Election of Barack Obama
At a political event at the Union League Club in Chicago before Thanksgiving, Obama told Durbin that many of his African-American friends were advising him not to run, some of them because they were afraid he would get killed. (Durbin shared their fears and began lobbying to get Obama put under Secret Service protection. ) Michelle Obama was worried about her husband’s safety, but was also seized with a kind of free-floating anxiety, recalled Durbin. ” The “they” was all the people who were urging Obama to run.
The road ahead will be long,” he said. “Our climb will be steep. ” But he quickly came back to earth. ” To govern well, Obama will need all those spirits he once evoked—FDR, Kennedy, Lincoln—and he will need an understanding public. ” Now he has the chance to help make such a politics a reality. On the night before the election, en route from Akron, Ohio, home to Chicago, Obama wandered back into the press section of his campaign plane, thanking reporters—especially those who had been with him from the beginning.
Does this mean that America is now beyond black and white? No, but we are much further ahead than we were a year ago. ” John McCain is a man of honor, a patriot who has lived a life of service and devotion to country. He was, however, on the wrong side of history in 2008. Like Hillary Clinton, also a formidable American and public servant, he had the great personal misfortune to be standing in the path of an unstoppable political force. ) External forces, chiefly the economic collapse in the autumn and President Bush’s stubbornly low approval ratings, created an environment that made a GOP victory virtually impossible.