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The Election of Barack Obama, Documented

In which the author makes snide remarks about HBO's For the People: The Election of Barack Obama

Wow, Barack Obama—what an inspiring figure. Do you remember how, against all odds, he got elected President way back in 2008? And then, despite an about-face in conventional wisdom re: the viability of Obamacare, how he jammed health-care reform (with a public option) through a groaning Congress in late 2009?

But 2010 was really unbelievable—after consolidating his political capital in an unlikely mid-term expansion of the Democratic Congressional majority, Obama made good on his promises to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and close Guantanamo. Then—who could have thought this was possible in the face of flagging support for the Afghan war—do you remember how he established a lasting peace agreement with Iran and North Korea before beating Sarah Palin in 2012 by a remarkable 20 points? I bet that, by 2016, he'll even figure out a way to get Israel to accept a future Palestinian state and withdraw from settlements in the Golan Heights. I mean, anything can happen—who, in 2014, thought that a workable immigration bill and a marijuana legalization plan would happen a year later? It's just like that original campaign slogan: "Yes, we can!"

Oh, right—none of this shit happened yet, but we're celebrating anyway.

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  • MN

    If the other team can devote 100% of their effort to winning elections, not actually governing, then so can we, dammit!

  • Caleb

    The YouTube video that's embedded is a 'private' video. Can't really watch what it is you're writing about.

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