Sen. Barack Obama tomorrow previews his new book, ``The Audacity of Hope: Reclaiming the American Dream'' at the annual expo of the American Booksellers Association, this year meeting in Washington. The book will be published in October, but the hype machine is starting right now.
In a sample chapter (find it at) www.barackobama.com he writes of hs first days in the Senate and his campaign for the job.
``There was just one problem: my campaign had gone so well that it looked like a fluke.''
here are some excerpts from a sample chapter relesed on Friday.....
It was with that mind-set that I had entered the U.S. Senate
race in 2004. For the duration of the campaign I did my best
to say what I thought, keep it clean, and focus on substance.
When I won the Democratic primary and then the general
election, both by sizable margins, it was tempting to believe
that I had proven my point.
There was just one problem: my campaign had gone so well
that it looked like a fluke. Political observers would note that
in a field of seven well-financed Democratic candidates, not
one of us ran a negative ad. The wealthiest candidate of all—a
former trader worth $400 million—spent $30 million on positive
ads, only to flame out in the final weeks due to an unflattering
divorce file that the press got unsealed.
opponent, a handsome and wealthy former Goldman Sachs
partner turned inner-city teacher, started attacking my record
almost from the start, but before his campaign could get off
the ground, he was felled by a divorce scandal of his own. For
the better part of a month, I traveled Illinois without drawing
fire, before being selected to deliver the keynote address at
the Democratic National Convention—eighteen minutes of
unfiltered, uninterrupted airtime on national television. And
finally the Illinois Republican Party inexplicably chose as my
opponent former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, a man
who had never even lived in Illinois and who proved so fierce
and unyielding in his positions that even conservative
Republicans were scared of him.''
Later, some reporters would declare me the luckiest
politician in the entire fifty states. Privately, some of my
staff bristled at this assessment, feeling that it discounted
our hard work and the appeal of our message. Still, there
was no point in denying my almost spooky good fortune. I
was an outlier, a freak; to political insiders, my victory
No wonder then that upon my arrival in Washington
that January, I felt like the rookie who shows up after the
game, his uniform spotless, eager to play, even as his mudsplattered
teammates tend to their wounds.''