Remnick's book about Obama
There's a good article on NPR about the book by David Remnick about Obama, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama. The article focuses on the one political defeat Obama endured in his career: losing to Bobby Rush.
"Everybody around Barack Obama thought this was a mistake. His wife, Michelle, his advisers, his friends — [they] all thought that running for Congress in 2000, against Bobby Rush — a former Black Panther, a big favorite on the South Side; not the greatest congressman in the world, but a big favorite nevertheless — was a gigantic mistake," Remnick says. "They were right. By a margin of two-to-one, he had his head handed to him."
Obama couldn't make any headway with the voters against Rush, "the original authentic," as Remnick puts it. Obama's problem? He was an outsider, and he never located a viable political reason to be in the race.
Thought my RFO friends might find the article an interesting read. AND... wondering if anyone has read or bought the book yet.