By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas
In response to in-depth reporting via a distinct staff of Newsweek newshounds and written by way of bestselling writer Evan Thomas, A very long time Coming tells the interior tale of Barack Obama’s overcome 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. ultimately, it exhibits how Obama overcame instances of vexation and self-doubt to remodel himself from the consummate outsider to the convinced chief of an unstoppable political movementone that introduced desire and the potential for redemption to the U.S..
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8, she was sitting in a strip-mall coffee shop in Manchester, talking to about 16 voters, when someone asked, “My question is very personal: How do you do it? How do you do . . ” Hillary answered, “It’s not easy, it’s not easy, and I couldn’t do it if I just didn’t passionately believe it was the right thing to do. I have so many opportunities from this country . ” Her voice cracked. “I just don’t want to see us fall backwards. You know, this is very personal for me . ” In the bus afterward, she ranted at one of her aides, “We never should have gone to Iowa.
Obama could marshal a lawyerly set of arguments about how he could win, that the country was at a “defining point” and that Obama was the best hope to bring change. “I, I, I actually believe my own rhetoric,” Obama stammered, uncharacteristically, in an interview with Newsweek in the spring of 2008. But Michelle was not eager to subject her family to a process that was dangerous and ugly—uplifting and history making, maybe, but also a potential family wrecker. Her kids would be given cute names by the Secret Service (“Radiance” and “Rosebud,” as it turned out), but their lives would never be the same.
At the time of the 2000 campaign, McCain had pictured himself as Luke Skywalker, going up against the Death Star. Rumbling along with his aides and a gaggle of mostly friendly reporters in a bus called the Straight Talk Express, he had relished the team spirit—the unit cohesion, in the language of his military past—and the teasing back-and-forth. Not long after the 2000 election, he had spoken of the heady time with a Newsweek reporter over a standard-issue McCain breakfast (glazed doughnuts, coffee) in his Senate office.