Obama’s the One: Are You Really Surprised?
Posted by Alice Chasan on June 4, 2008
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.
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Alice Chasan served as editor and associate publisher of Shelterforce magazine, nhi.org, and shelterforce.org through 2008. During 29 years as a journalist, Chasan has won awards for her investigative and political reporting and public-policy analysis. Her magazine posts have included the chief editorship of World Press Review magazine, executive editorships at Tikkun and The American Prospect, and the chief editorship of New Jersey Reporter, a monthly magazine of politics and public policy. She also served as program and editorial director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, the New York City-based international press freedom advocacy organization.