Dreams of Obama
A series of six outstanding episodes in the Obama candicacy and campaign for the Presidency of the United States. These are to be replayed on PBS the night of the Inauguration in Washington DC on 20th January 2009.
Frontline’s Dreams of Obama http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/dreamsofobama/view/1.html
A Newcomer Who Steals the Show
Barack Obama, a little-known Illinois state senator with an exotic biography, gives a speech that electrifies the 2004 Democratic Convention.
The New Illinois Senator’s Path to Power
He spent years rising through the ranks of Chicago’s tough politics, working as a community organizer in that city, and dealing with his dual identities.
Honing His Political Skills
As head of a bitterly divided Harvard Law Review, he reaches out to all constituencies. Returning to Chicago, he learns a lot about the rough and tumble of elective politics.
A Fast, Shrewd Political Ascent
Taking lessons from his defeat by Bobby Rush, he plots his next run for office and hires a top strategist. In 2004, he is elected U.S. senator for Illinois.
Chapter Five: Lead-Up to the Presidential Run
The second year in the Senate, he ramps up his visibility and draws big crowds. He starts consulting friends and advisers and in February 2007 announces that he’s running for president.
Final Turning Points in a Long Campaign
He deals with the Rev. Wright issue, defeats Clinton. And as the financial crisis emerges, Obama looks steady and calm, and soon pulls ahead of McCain.