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By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas

In response to in-depth reporting via a unique workforce of Newsweek journalists and written via bestselling writer Evan Thomas, A very long time Coming tells the interior tale of Barack Obama’s overcome Senator John McCain to develop into the 1st African-American U.S. president. In juicy element, it chronicles the lengthy siege among Obama and Hillary Clinton, the wild trip of John McCain, and the explosive arrival of Sarah Palin. ultimately, it indicates how Obama overcame instances of vexation and self-doubt to remodel himself from the consummate outsider to the convinced chief of an unstoppable political movement—one that introduced wish and the opportunity of redemption to the us.

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The Clinton campaign posted a video it dubbed “Piling On,” a rapid-fire montage of the men onstage attacking Hillary in the debate. 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 comparison is revealing, for it may foreshadow the nature of the next four or eight years. Like Reagan, Obama is an astute performer, a maker of myths and a teller of stories. Like Reagan, he is popularly seen, by friend and foe alike, as an ideological purist—but has demonstrated a tendency toward the pragmatic. Like Reagan, he is the leader of a core of believers so convinced he is on their side that they are likely to forgive him his compromises. Obama gets the Gipper. ” A man with a vivid literary and historical imagination, Obama is something of a dreamer, if a down-to-earth one.

Again, silence. “Well, I want to thank you all,” she said. ” Then she hung up. Less than 24 hours before the New Hampshire polls opened on Tuesday, Jan. 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 .

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