Obama’s the One: Are You Really Surprised?

I’m not.

Call me smug, but I’ve been saying since Barack Obama’s 2007 announcement of his candidacy in Springfield, Ill., that he would take the Democratic nomination.

At the risk of sounding like the pre-shock-and-awe Bush/Cheney chorus, it was a simple matter of connecting the dots.


Read David Moberg’s great Shelterforce piece on Obama’s formative organizing experiences in Chicago, and you’ll see it all laid out right there: how Obama gained the tools he’d need to complement his natural gifts as a leader. The seeds for his victorious primary climb and clinching of the nomination germinated in the streets of Chicago.

Alice Chasan served as editor and associate publisher of Shelterforce from 2007 to 2008.


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