I don’t recall when I first heard about Obama. I have vague recollections of his 2004 keynote Democratic National Convention speech. However, I distinctly remember buying his book “The Audacity of Hope” and reading it on a family trip to Taiwan on the airplane. I remember finishing the book and thinking that Obama’s message of hope, togetherness and change was a very good message for the future of politics. At the time, I had thought the partisan bickering was pretty bad but compared to 2018, the mid-2000s is nothing!
Anyways, I heard through one of the political podcasts that I listen to that there was a new podcast by WBEZ called “Making Obama” that talked about the rise of Obama from his time as a community organizer to that 2004 keynote speech. Hearing WBEZ’s podcast is pretty amazing. There are quite a few things the podcast discussed that details what could only be described as the fortunate circumstances of how Obama won his state senate seat as well as the US Senate seat.
This podcast is well worth listening to.