Young Mr. Obama
Chicago and the Making of A Black President
Paints a portrait of the current president as a young, ambitious leader and describes his education in the capital of the African American political community in Chicago and his disastrous run for Congress in 2000 that nearly derailed his career.
Barack Obama's inspirational politics and personal mythology have overshadowed his fascinating history. Young Mr. Obama gives us the missing chapter: the portrait of the politician as a young leader, often too ambitious for his own good, but still equipped with a rare ability to inspire change. The route to the White House began on the streets of Chicago's South Side.
Edward McClelland, a veteran Chicago journalist, tells the real story of the first black president's political education in the capital of the African American political community. Obama's touch wasn't always golden, and the unflappable and charismatic campaigner we know today nearly derailed his political career with a disastrous run for Congress in 2000.
Obama learned from his mistakes, and rebuilt his public persona. Young Mr. Obama is a masterpiece of political reporting, peeling away the audacity, the T-shirts, and the inspiring speeches to craft acompelling and surpassingly readable account of how local politics shaped a national leader.
McLelland, who first covered Barack Obama for the Chicago Reader during Obama's failed primary challenge for the Democratic nomination to the congressional seat of former Black Panther and present US Congressmen Bobby Rush, presents a journalistic reconstruction of the President's nascent political career in Chicago, arguing that it is only from there that a Black man could have become President. The narrative traces Obama's engagement with the politics (and political intrigues) of Chicago from his hiring as a community organizer by the Developing Communities Project to his successful campaign for the United States Senate in 2004. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Barack Obama's first campaign for office was won in a hearing room at the Chicago board of elections. Obama and his staff ousted his rivals in a primary contest for a state senate seat, and the thirty-five-year-old candidate ran unopposed in the general election. It was hardly change to believe in, but it was the beginning of history. A sometimesstiff law school professor was suddenly launched on the road to becoming a global icon.
Young Mr. Obama gives us the missing chapters that came both before and after the rocky beginnings of our forty-fourth president's political career: Here is the portrait of the politician as a young leader---often too ambitious for his own good, but still equipped with a rare ability to inspire change. The road to the White House began for Obama on the streets of Chicago's far South Side.
Edward McClelland tells the real story of our first black president's apprenticeship in the capital of the African-American political community. Obama's touch wasn't always golden, and the unflappable charismatic campaigner we know today nearly derailed his career with a disastrous run for Congress in 2000. McClelland, who first covered Obama on that wobbly primary campaign, offers a portrait of a leader in the making---an idealist who learned political realities the hard way.
Young Mr. Obama evenhandedly peels away the audacity, the slogans, and the lofty rhetoric to craft a compelling and surpassingly readable account of how local politics shaped a global leader. Chicago was far more than just a waypoint for Obama: The city's political landscape and its powerful African-American community were just as important as his own ambitions. Only Chicago could have produced America's first black president; Young Mr. Obama tells us precisely how, with the warmth and detail of an eyewitness to history.
Shows President Obama as a young, ambitious leader, describing his education in the capital of the African American political community in Chicago and the disastrous run for Congress in 2000 that nearly derailed his career.
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