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How Obama Prepped for The Biggest Speech of His Career

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In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama's scheduled speech to the Democratic National Convention fell on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most iconic speech. While preparing, the usually composed Obama was overcome with emotion.

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Barack Obama launched into our national consciousness at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and ever since, he's delivered messages of patriotism, unity, and hope through the power of words. But of all the speeches he's given, six in particular may define his legacy as, in historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's words, "one of the best writers and orators in the presidency." Interviews with eminent historians and key figures in his writing process give rare insights into these iconic speeches, as well as the Obama presidency and the man himself.


  • David Axelrod
  • Jon Favreau
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • David Axelrod

    David Axelrod

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    David Axelrod is a veteran of American politics and journalism and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. He currently serves as director of the University of Chicago's non-partisan Institute of Politics; senior political commentator for CNN; and host of 'The Axe Files,' a top-rated podcast jointly produced by CNN and his institute. Axelrod, a former political writer for the 'Chicago Tribune' and, later, media strategist for 150 state, local and national political campaigns, is also the author of 'The New York Times' best-selling memoir, 'Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.'

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