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

By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas

Because 1984, Newsweek has been popular for its brilliant, in-depth precise election assurance of the ordeal of working for the presidency. A yr ahead of the election, Newsweek assigns newshounds to get contained in the campaigns of the Republican and Democratic applicants. Newsweek gives you to not post any details until eventually after the votes are solid, and in trade, the journalists obtain extraordinary entry. They go back and forth with the applicants, are there at an important turning issues and personal conferences, and discover tales now not coated in daily reporting. during this publication, a compelling narrative through Evan Thomas, Newsweek stocks the interior tales from probably the most fascinating elections in contemporary heritage, illuminating the personalities and occasions that inspired the result, and taking inventory of the foremost avid gamers and key concerns for the hot management. it will be an soaking up learn for somebody drawn to American politics.

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The press accused her of playing the victim, which just heightened the sense among the Clintonites that she was a victim—of a double standard that judged women more harshly than men, especially one particular black man. The feeling deepened a couple of weeks later when Obama, at another debate, botched the same question on immigration and went unscathed by the press. The Clintonites were not entirely wrong about the press. At the final Iowa debate, on Dec. 13, Obama was asked how he could really present himself as the candidate of change when so many of his advisers had worked in the Clinton administration.

He felt a little overprotected by his handlers, who would signal from the back of the hall that he had time for only one or two questions from the public— and none from the press. Obama began ignoring the signal from Gibbs, his communications director, instead taking three or four more questions from the crowd, though he still kept his distance from reporters. qxd 12/2/08 12:59 PM Page 15 how he did it publicity, he was not well liked by reporters, many of whom found him chilly and guarded. ) On the stump, he decided to experiment, to try loosening up a little.

Obama began ignoring the signal from Gibbs, his communications director, instead taking three or four more questions from the crowd, though he still kept his distance from reporters. qxd 12/2/08 12:59 PM Page 15 how he did it publicity, he was not well liked by reporters, many of whom found him chilly and guarded. ) On the stump, he decided to experiment, to try loosening up a little. , on Nov. 2, he began to riff, using the call-andresponse cadence of a black preacher. Addressing the doubts among some blacks about whether the country was ready to vote for an African-American, Obama said, “I just want y’all to be clear .

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