The Choice 2008
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Barack Obama

Analysis

Views and observations on Obama's nature and character, political skills, how he's dealt with adversity and what's shaped him -- drawn from the dozens of interviews conducted for The Choice 2008 and for Dreams of Obama.

His Nature & Character
Core Beliefs & Agenda
Political Skills & Insight
Harvard Law Days
2004 Convention Speech
The New Senator
2008 Campaign
Rev. Wright & The Speech on Race
What are Americans Looking For?
The Choice Facing Voters

Barack Obama

Interviews

These extended conversations with those who know or have closely observed Obama yield an understanding of who he is and what made him run.

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David Axelrod
... Chief strategist, Obama campaign

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Will Burns
... worked on two Obama political races in Illinois -- one a win, the other a defeat

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Cassandra Butts
... Harvard Law classmate; Obama adviser

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Tom Daschle
... Former Senate Majority Leader, 2001-2003

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Mark Halperin
... Time magazine; co-author, "The Way to Win"

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Gerald Kellman
... hired 24 year-old Barack Obama as a community organizer in Chicago.

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Ryan Lizza
... Washington correspondent for The New Yorker.

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David Mendell
... Author, Obama: From Promise to Power

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Newton Minow
... Obama’s friend and mentor from his days in Chicago.

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Pete Rouse
... Chief of staff to Sen. Obama

What Makes a Good President?
Presidential historians and other experts on the qualities that make for success or failure in the Oval Office.
Photo Slideshow
Glimpses of the lives and careers of McCain and Obama
Readings & Links

posted october 14, 2008

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