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Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House is a reporter's-eye view of events unfolding in 2007 and 2008 as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Bill Richardson (et al.) jockeyed for position for the Democratic nomination for president, while John McCain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and others attempted to wrest co Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House is a reporter's-eye view of events unfolding in 2007 and 2008 as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Bill Richardson (et al.) jockeyed for position for the Democratic nomination for president, while John McCain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and others attempted to wrest control of the Republican nomination for their party. All ran for President in a wide-open free-for-all following the end of George W. Bush's 8 years in office. Author Connie (Corcoran) Wilson, a veteran reporter for five newspapers and numerous blogs, followed the candidates from the Iowa caucuses all the way through to the convention (Volume I) and, after that, from the convention through the tumultuous presidential campaign itself (Volume II), until President Barack Obama's Inauguration as the 44th President of the United States in January of 2009 (covered in Volume II). Writing as a member of the Yahoo Content Contributors' Network, retired sixty-something schoolteacher Wilson set off on an adventurous odyssey of her own that earned her the title 2008 Content Producer of the Year for Politics with 1,000 articles that garnered over three million hits. Filing three articles daily from the field, her adventures inside the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the Ron Paul Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis, the Belmont Town Hall Meeting in Nashville or elsewhere (Florida, Nevada, etc.) are detailed, insightful and, at times, humorous. The parallels and insights gleaned from following the presidential campaign in 2008 provide useful background material for the presidential race of 2016 now underway--with some of the same candidates that ran 8 years ago in the field again today. Never one to ignore an amusing anecdote or photo, the quotes, facts and polling data are only one small component of an engrossing read with multiple pictures that sum up the end of an era in presidential campaigns as the use of the Internet and the increasing importance of money in campaigning are clearly cataloged. An entertaining, informative and relevant slice of recent history.


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Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House is a reporter's-eye view of events unfolding in 2007 and 2008 as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Bill Richardson (et al.) jockeyed for position for the Democratic nomination for president, while John McCain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and others attempted to wrest co Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House is a reporter's-eye view of events unfolding in 2007 and 2008 as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Bill Richardson (et al.) jockeyed for position for the Democratic nomination for president, while John McCain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and others attempted to wrest control of the Republican nomination for their party. All ran for President in a wide-open free-for-all following the end of George W. Bush's 8 years in office. Author Connie (Corcoran) Wilson, a veteran reporter for five newspapers and numerous blogs, followed the candidates from the Iowa caucuses all the way through to the convention (Volume I) and, after that, from the convention through the tumultuous presidential campaign itself (Volume II), until President Barack Obama's Inauguration as the 44th President of the United States in January of 2009 (covered in Volume II). Writing as a member of the Yahoo Content Contributors' Network, retired sixty-something schoolteacher Wilson set off on an adventurous odyssey of her own that earned her the title 2008 Content Producer of the Year for Politics with 1,000 articles that garnered over three million hits. Filing three articles daily from the field, her adventures inside the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the Ron Paul Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis, the Belmont Town Hall Meeting in Nashville or elsewhere (Florida, Nevada, etc.) are detailed, insightful and, at times, humorous. The parallels and insights gleaned from following the presidential campaign in 2008 provide useful background material for the presidential race of 2016 now underway--with some of the same candidates that ran 8 years ago in the field again today. Never one to ignore an amusing anecdote or photo, the quotes, facts and polling data are only one small component of an engrossing read with multiple pictures that sum up the end of an era in presidential campaigns as the use of the Internet and the increasing importance of money in campaigning are clearly cataloged. An entertaining, informative and relevant slice of recent history.

39 review for Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Teddy

    Connie Corcoran Wilson was a journalist with Yahoo back when they had independent journalists. She was sent to cover the 2008 presidential race and she covered it from all angles. All of her articles were posted on Yahoo and she even won Yahoo’s Content Producer of the Year for Politics for 2008 with over 3 million hits, for all of her excellent coverage. Then, with very little warning, Yahoo sent an email to all content producers telling them that their services were no longer need and that all Connie Corcoran Wilson was a journalist with Yahoo back when they had independent journalists. She was sent to cover the 2008 presidential race and she covered it from all angles. All of her articles were posted on Yahoo and she even won Yahoo’s Content Producer of the Year for Politics for 2008 with over 3 million hits, for all of her excellent coverage. Then, with very little warning, Yahoo sent an email to all content producers telling them that their services were no longer need and that all of their hard work was going to be removed. Connie didn’t want to lose all of the articles she had written so she actually hired people to help her download all of her 2008 presidential election coverage. The result of this work is ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ volumes I and II. Volume I covers the primaries and caucuses, etc. Ms. Wilson is a professed Democrat/ Independent so I have to say how much I admire her for covering both sides of the fence with such style and grace. Her writing is fresh with a biting sense of humor. As a retired teacher and grandmother, I have to wonder where she got all her energy from. She criss-crossed the U.S. for days on end. How did she keep up? Some may complain that ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ seems a bit choppy because it is a Obama's Odyssey by Connie Corcoran Wilson Connie C. Wilson With Joe Biden, 2008 compilation of her articles from her coverage of the 2008 race however, I don’t see it that way. There are many books like this that are compilations of an authors previous articles and/or essays. Malcolm Gladwell is just one example of that. Ms. Wilson also included a somewhat lengthy introduction explaining why she wrote the books. I often find introductions of non-fiction books to be on the dry side but her introduction was not that at all. It was one of the most entertaining introductions I have read in a long time. So, don’t skip it! I really enjoyed Volume I and look forward to reading Volume II. It is the perfect series to be reading during the present day race for the White House. It really is a must read, especially for political junkies such as myself but for anyone who is interested in the U.S. democratic process. I know I am a bit early in saying this but get out and vote in November. You have no right to complain, if you don’t do so! But Teddy, you live in Canada. Yes, I do but I am also a U.S. citizen. I have dual citizenship. I was born and raised in the U.S., St. Paul, Minnesota to be exact. I have a civic duty to both countries. I received the ebook version for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jacques Coulardeau

    The author offers us her 2008 Yahoo blog when she followed Barack Obama’s campaign in the primaries for the presidential nomination by the Democratic Party. Before entering the basic debate contained in this published blog I must eliminate the negative elements that are going to irritate you and might lead you to dropping out. That would be a shame because there are a lot of interesting things in this approach of the campaign. THE NEGATIVE SIDE OF THINGS All along the blog you have remarks in brac The author offers us her 2008 Yahoo blog when she followed Barack Obama’s campaign in the primaries for the presidential nomination by the Democratic Party. Before entering the basic debate contained in this published blog I must eliminate the negative elements that are going to irritate you and might lead you to dropping out. That would be a shame because there are a lot of interesting things in this approach of the campaign. THE NEGATIVE SIDE OF THINGS All along the blog you have remarks in brackets and italics. They are short but at times they are difficult to know if they are from the original blog and thus were ironical, critical, sarcastic or whatever asides in the blog itself or if they have been added in 2016. Some are clearly anachronistic, but many are not clearly determined. That is a serious shortcoming since we do not know if the author is always conscious that the 2008 blog will necessarily be interpreted in 2016 as meaning something now and these anachronistic notes are pushing the reader to do so. Apart from the fact these elements should have been specified, developed and clearly set apart the question is: what game is the author playing in 2016 in the very middle of the primaries for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential election when Obama is the President and Hillary Clinton the front running candidate or applicant (for the job)? Two very irritating anti-chronological moments can be found and that is not acceptable in a blog that can only be chronological. The first instance is the wrong order of one entry of January 2 before the next entry of January 1. But the main discrepancy in that direction is the coverage of the Pennsylvania primary. Let me give you the detail of this systematic anti-chronological section: April 21 – April 23, 1.30 pm – April 22, 11.30 pm; 10.30 pm, 9.30 pm; 7.30 pm; 7.00 pm; 5.03 pm – April 21, 11.57 pm. There is no reason, no explanation, and it makes no sense. In fact we are obliged to read this section backward to really get the meaning. Then you will find an unverified quotation and unspecified quotation of Shakespeare, freely glozed. The quotation is of course wrong in its real words but we are not even told it is from Julius Caesar, act 4 scene 3 and it is not a real true quotation though the author was working on the Internet for Yahoo and she did not have the idea that it would have taken her about three minutes to get it on the screen. Let me giove the full quotation for those who are curious. Brutus is speaking, the future assassin of Julius Caesar: BRUTUS “Under your pardon. You must note beside, That we have tried the utmost of our friends, Our legions are brim-full, our cause is ripe. The enemy increaseth every day. We, at the height, are ready to decline. There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves Or lose our ventures.” (Julius Caesar, Act 4, Scene 3) You will find that surprising since she was working for the Internet. Surprising and irritating. On the other hand when she speaks of Crist, the Governor of Florida at the time, she only quotes a long entry of Wikipedia to not summarize but fully cover his political choices, his policies. So after all she knows somewhere the Internet is a tool for authors. Such a “sloppy job” would be harshly criticized in the work of any student in any college or university. It is a blog but the long repeats page 42-44 of my Word copy (January 6) and then page 46-47 of the same Word copy (January 10) is or are not at all justified. Repeats, and there are many short or punctual ones, are bad journalistic writing. At the same time she refers three times to Maytag without ever specifying what it was about. Most people today either do not know about it, or do not remember the detail. Maytag is an exemplary case in harsh competition among some companies like General Electric, Whirlpool and some others. The author should have given some elements about what it was all about. Repeating is in no way enough. THIS IS A BLOG, NOT A JOURNALISTIC ARTICLE But she gives at the beginning a general idea about her perspective which is not journalistic. It is a blog, don’t forget. In a campaign a journalist is not supposed to commit himself or herself about what kind of a president the candidates would make, which is at times very tricky and difficult to do. They are supposed to be assessed as campaigners and that is just the point. George W. Bush was an excellent campaigner and he became a very bad president. The author mixes the two. She thus has the defect of many journalists who give all small details accumulated in long articles and she at the same time very obviously commits herself to one side against all others, to Obama against Biden, Edwards, Clinton and all the Republicans. And she does not try to really assess the value of the candidates as campaigners: she tries to see the president they might be when or if elected. A journalist is supposed to remain objective whereas a commitment is never objective. It may be true but not objective. True for the committing person who is not supposed to be “interested” in the candidate’s success with any kind of benefit or prospect. True too as for the situation in which this commitment is performed: in phase then with the outcome, which can only be known afterwards. This commitment in this case eight years later becomes unacceptable because it should have been made relative and critical after all that time with anachronistic but critical notes. I will pass the self-centered teenage poem of January 14 in which she denounces politicians who use too many words, but she does so with words which might be ironical though the text, context, or cotext do not make it such, that is to say sarcastic. I will also pass the parallel with McNamara who was acting under a Democratic President and in the Vietnam War, nothing to do with the Republican George W. Bush and the War in Iraq. Petraeus was no McNamara and Bush Jr. was no Lyndon Johnson. THE PORTRAYING OF CLINTON IN 2016 Then the next question comes up. What game is the author playing with Clinton in 2016? She attacks the woman at such a low level that we wonder if she realizes it may be damaging to Hillary Clinton in her present attempt to be elected. I don’t want to insist on that sorry level of the attack but to assert that “even my female friends don’t want her to win,” or that Bill Clinton is making friends with George W. Bush, or that she is “unable to connect emotionally with voters,” or that Hillary Clinton is for a mandatory health insurance for everyone, or that she cheats with the decision to refuse the primaries of Florida and Michigan and their delegates and asks for these delegates to be seated because she may need them (hence she changes the rules in the course of her descent into defeat and thus is dishonest, repeated many times), or even, that Hillary Clinton is a vampire that needs some fresh blood every night, is probably excessive and unfair and the final remark about the vampiric nature of Hillary Clinton is kind of absurd if not slandering. Or was – and still is – the author aware of the power of the Internet that makes slandering people untouchable? When all that is said we can turn to the assessing of the blog as a whole. THE AMYGDALOID FEAR THEORY The fear theory she develops as the only argument used by the Republicans is interesting but reductive. The connection of this fear theory with the amygdala is interesting but limited. Fear in front of any danger, fear in front of ethnic elements, fear in front of feminist demands, and she could add fear in front of LGBT demands and a few others like global warming and climate change, the Russians and the Chinese, the Arabs and the Muslims, Islam and terrorism, divorce and marriage, Catholicism and Protestantism, snakes and spiders, etc., is maybe referring to the amygdala but it is only one side of the coin. Fear will lead people to rejection, repulsion: they will reject and push away anything they are afraid of, at times without any kind of thinking and reflection. It is vastly connected to experience as a new-born and then an infant, and then a child. It is also vastly coordinated with language. Black is for instance systematically connected with dangerous and disgusting elements in the West, with the devil, Hell, scatological rejects and wastes, the night, dark holes, underground dangerous caves, claustrophobia and so many other things that are disgusting, dirty, soiled, frightening as opposed to white, purity and reassuring welcome. Note white is the color of mourning and burying in the East. This cultural heritage in the West has little to do with the amygdala that might be the recording battery of such frights, the seat of the defensive stance. That prevents the author from understanding that we can get the same level of commitment from people, and this time normally not violent, for positive elements. Of course it is not a question of age or a generational battle of some sort; but it is what Obama called hope, the hope for a change for the better, hope for a new reading of the constitution that could improve our lives. People are ready to commit themselves to positive values. The attraction to these positive values can be just as strong as the repulsion caused by negative elements. At the same time this commitment to positive values can lead to absolutely horrible things. Patriotism is supposed to be positive but it may lead to horrible wars of liberation, civil wars of any type with torture, rape and so many other crimes against humanity. The burning up of Dresden with napalm or whatever was a crime against humanity just as much as the dropping of Atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In twice five minutes the number of “innocent” civilians killed in Japan was as high as the number of innocent people (and not only Jews) killed in Auschwitz in five years or so. The method used to commit the crime is not at stake but the essence of the crime is. IRAQ AND THE NECESSARY AGGIORNAMENTO That’s where the reference to McNamara could be interesting but it is not used in that theoretical and generalizing way. It is only trying to support the call to get out of Iraq without understanding that the damage done in Iraq is at least one thousand times worse than the damage done in Vietnam because Iraq is not a unified nation, it is a heritage from older colonialism that cut up this Middle East in anyway the English, the French and the Russians wanted. And there the blog is deficient when the author covers the suggestion from Biden to have a federal state in Iraq. That might be a solution for Palestine, but not for Iraq because of the crisscrossing of differences. The Shia Muslims in the south of Iraq are speaking an Indo-European language like the Sunni Kurds in the north whereas the Sunni Arabs in the middle are speaking a Semitic language, Arabic precisely or some Arabic dialect(s). Which line can be followed for a federal state? The religious line or the cultural and linguistic line? Then let’s cut up Iraq in three? And the Kurdish section will attract a lot of trouble from the Kurds in Turkey, in Syria and in Iran. Whereas the southern Shia section would call for trouble in any state where they are a minority, or even a majority dominated and controlled by Sunnis. And of course the Sunni Arabs will have connections with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and many other Arab countries and Muslim countries. No escape there. Instead of just rebuffing Biden and his suggestion along with him, the suggestion should have been discussed as unrealistic. But that’s a common idea often blurred up in series like CSI, NCSI and some others that more or less imply when they speak of this Middle East that there is only one language and everyone assumes it is Arabic. She does see the Republican call for keeping the status quo with security and comfort because the present is secure with the army and comfortable from a self-satisfied (upper) middle class point of view. The response to this vision based on hostility to immigration, advocacy of force, army and guns, and the comfort of a higher supportive level seen as faith and God is scattered in the blog here and there. Yet it should have led to a real perspective that had and still has to be political (the concrete stakes and proposals), theoretical (the macro-economics of the USA moving towards second position in the world, and geopolitical with a world that cannot be US-centered and has to be collaborative and multi-centered), and finally inspirational (what moves people most negatively and positively). Even when speaking of Obama she does not get to the full vision and reduces it to a hypothetical generational battle. His election depended on Afro-Americans and young people or rather newly-registered voters but also on Latinos (who by the way carried the second election to victory in 2012), and in fact on many other categories of people, like Native Americans, Chicanos, LGBT people, the victims of foreclosures and the subprime mortgage crisis. WHAT ABOUT THE ECONOMY? The most important field of the economy is not always seen as a whole. The stake between the mandatory health insurance of Hillary Clinton and the more subtle and progressive approach of Barack Obama is stated but not really discussed economically and that’s about the only point that is really identified. She manages to get to the most important question of the cost of the Iraqi war and the wasted money in that absurd enterprise by referring us to an article in Vanity Fair and then to another in Newsweek, but neither are looking at the global picture of the US economy in the world. She never speaks in 2008 and never updates in 2016 the real stake which is the shifting from a US dominated economy to a multi-polar economy mostly centered on the Indian Ocean, China, India and Africa. She misses the point that the 2008 financial crisis instead of bringing China down gave the Chinese a boost towards the basic reforms they have to perform and they are engaging in right now and started in 2008-2009. CAN WE REDUCE POLITICS TO PASSING A TORCH TO YOUNGER PEOPLE? In that perspective the “passing of the torch” from old people to a new generation is politically absurd, especially in 2016 when Hillary Clinton is moving towards nomination and election, challenged by a contender who is just as old as she is, in fact even six years older. There is in the author’s generation like an age complex that makes them, and I should say us, fall in the trap that we are too old and we have to pass the torch, which is by the way a marvelous phallic symbol. Let’s commit suicide and even, self-sacrifice and pass the platter with our heads on it. Politics have little to do with age especially in a time when life expectancy is expanding so much that we can be fully efficient and operational up to the age of 85 or even 90. And that should go on improving with time. Yet she has a point on the role of young people though she does not get why Obama is attractive to them, what Obama has understood in them, what Obama is mobile enough to know about them because he has been in contact with them in Chicago for twenty or so years in 2008. And that is the main shortcoming of this publication. MOMENTUM AND INTERNET Her belief and repeating that the momentum of Obama’s candidacy started with his victory in IOWA’s caucuses is mistaken because that was not the starting point of it but it was the first time it became obvious to people who had not seen the long campaign on campuses and in various areas, ethnic or not and directed at young people, less young people and unregistered voters. IOWA was revealing a momentum that had been built slowly and patiently for months if not more, at least two years. Maybe Obama’s 1995 book was not the starting point but his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, was that starting point. And the method used was simple activism, militancy with thousands of volunteers, young or not, men and women, on the ground. But the connection, the constant, permanent relation between Obama himself and these people was the Internet? Obama was the first candidate to use the Internet extensively and intensively. He was the first President to be elected with and by the Internet. FD Roosevelt was elected with and by the radio. JF Kennedy was elected with and by television. Obama was elected with and by the Internet. He developed a whole style in his Internet communication that had; at the time; no equals, and I am afraid still has no equal, because he could speak to people in a very direct, personal and even intimate way because he was different from anyone else, he was black and black people can address the people they are speaking to as if they were their brothers and sisters. Hillary Clinton will never be able to do that because she is not black. This is a heritage from four centuries of slavery, segregation and discrimination. Obama just widened this heritage to everyone, white or black, European or Latino, Asian or LGBT. He was the man who made one characteristic of Slavery PTSS a standard way of speaking and addressing everyone: empathy first of all and above all. Empathy is a black quality. The whites can only feel sympathy, compassion and even condescendence. Can you really feel any empathy for Bush Jr. or McCain, why not Palin? After Obama politicians have to learn how to be empathetical. Don’t worry: they will open coaching classes and centers to develop your empathy without any effort and in a playful way. MORE ABOUT IT What is strange is that she could have found that on the Internet since my own contributions on the subject are there available in open access. http://fr.slideshare.net/JacquesCoula..., or https://www.academia.edu/7702912/BARA.... But that precisely is the shortcoming: she used the Internet to make some money via Yahoo but she did not use it as a tool to get information and she could not understand the power of this tool in the modern world, of course for young people, but also for everyone. Research today could not exist without the Internet. Any organization that wants to be public and known could not reach these objectives without the Internet. She mentions the organizational know-how of Obama but she does not see the tool he uses to organize tens of thousands of people from no matter where he could be. That was his famous blackberry smart phone, the nightmare of his presidential security team. CONCLUSIONS So, to conclude I would say that you probably could get some information from this publication but do not expect more than it can provide. It is an amateur blog and not a professional journalistic article or research study. If you have enough time and energy to widen the scope, to recuperate the Vanity Fair article and the Newsweek issue that are quoted here and many other documents that could enrich the passing remarks here and there you may be able to build your own approach but remember this 2008 campaign will remain exceptional because of the Internet, and the 2012 campaign will remain exceptional because of the racism of the media (and I heard Angela Davis in Paris saying she was convinced in 2012 that he would not be elected) who considered Latinos as mostly white and thus as part of the white section of American society, hence hostile to Obama, which they were not, and that got him elected. [...]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jacques Coulardeau

    Jacques Coulardeau at Academia.edu (53) Dr Jacques COULARDEAU OBAMA AT HEART FROM EVEN BEFORE 2008 CONNIE CORCORAN WILSON OBAMA’S ODYSSEY: The 2008 Race for the White House 2015 https://www.academia.edu/23382206/OBA... Discussion https://www.academia.edu/s/fcc538529b I was asked to review Connie Corcoran Wilson’s first volume of her OBAMA’S ODYSSEY. I accepted because it was vastly entering my field of competence and my practice as a university professor teaching US politics, culture and history along w Jacques Coulardeau at Academia.edu (53) Dr Jacques COULARDEAU OBAMA AT HEART FROM EVEN BEFORE 2008 CONNIE CORCORAN WILSON OBAMA’S ODYSSEY: The 2008 Race for the White House 2015 https://www.academia.edu/23382206/OBA... Discussion https://www.academia.edu/s/fcc538529b I was asked to review Connie Corcoran Wilson’s first volume of her OBAMA’S ODYSSEY. I accepted because it was vastly entering my field of competence and my practice as a university professor teaching US politics, culture and history along with the English language. This essay will provide the readers with three reviews of books first. 1- Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Hussein Obama; 2- Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, by Barack Hussein Obama 3- Nairobi To Shenzhen: A Novel of Love in the East, byMark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo Then I included my presentation of November 2009 in Brest, France, later published in Paris: BARACK OBAMA’S VIRTUAL STYLE IN HIS INTERNET MESSAGES TO HIS SUPPORTERS (11/05 – 02/02) by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. You will then finally find my review of Connie Corcoran Wilson’s book: OBAMA’S ODYSSEY: The 2008 Race for the White House, 2015. You can of jump to it directly, page 27. The whole collection of articles, presentation and reviews is built along a discourse on history and what a historian can say about a present situation he or she is involved in. I also assess the campaign of Donald Trump so far by the date of March 16, 2016. That sets Connie Corcoran Wilson’s book in perspective: it is a blog written and published on Yahoo in 2008 but republished in 2016 in a situation where Hillary Clinton severely rejected in 2008 is now the front running candidate of the Democratic Party with the full support of President Barack Obama whose State Secretary she was from 2008 to 2012. This 2008 rejection is typical of a blog but the reuse of this blog 12 years later is hardly hiding an ideological stance against the establishment of the Democratic Party, no matter what it may stand for in 2016. It may also appear as support for the contending candidate against Hillary Clinton in the primaries, but it may also turn out to be objective support for the contending candidate of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election itself. Let’s say that the rather sectarian rejection of Clinton’s attitude at the time of the Lewinsky shady business because she did not asked for divorce is of the same level as the barking Clinton Donald Trump depicts in his March 16 hostile TV ad. Enjoy the debate and the confrontation of ideas, knowing that if there is no truth in history but only points of view, there is no truth in real life but ideological and political competition that may turn sour at times with the bigotry of some actors. Research Interests: Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Barack Obama, Obama, Hillary Clinton, US constitution, Michelle Obama, U.S. presidential primaries and elections, President Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump DISCUSSION https://www.academia.edu/s/fcc538529b This research is based on a long experience of the USA, directly in many states and indirectly in my teaching. In 2008 onward the role of Barack Obama in the USA opened a lot of eyes in Europe on the constitutional reality of a country that has had only one constitution in spite of all events, dramas and traumas. The role of the Blacks, Afro-Americans if you prefer, was and has been essential in US history though over dramatic. I have spent a lot of research and teaching time on PTSS, Slavery or Slave, and on the way American Indians have managed to recuperate their own essence. I wrote and published a lot in the last few years on decolonialization in America, USA and Mexico, on post-colonial studies (recently James Baldwin and Marcus Garvey) and on theater (both Black and Indian, including Chicano/a). When Connie Corcoran Wilson asked me to review the first volume of her "Obama's Odissey" I accepted at once and found quite a lot of pleasure - and surprises - in doing so. This research needs a lot of discussing, debating and even maybe rebutting. All opinions are thus welcome. Please read the Abstract that is not included in the paper itself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    It wasn't what I expected and after I started reading it, I had to revise my approach to the book. I had been expecting the author's journey, starting in Iowa and ending with the 2008 general election. Instead, it's a compilation of blog posts written by the author over that same time span. It covers the same time period and material ... but not as expected. Rather than a continuous, sequential narrative, the book comprises series of snapshots. Interviews and events with candidates, wannabes, pol It wasn't what I expected and after I started reading it, I had to revise my approach to the book. I had been expecting the author's journey, starting in Iowa and ending with the 2008 general election. Instead, it's a compilation of blog posts written by the author over that same time span. It covers the same time period and material ... but not as expected. Rather than a continuous, sequential narrative, the book comprises series of snapshots. Interviews and events with candidates, wannabes, politicians, volunteers, voters, support staff, and political operatives. Connie Corcoran Wilson's posts are witty, amusing, perceptive, and enlightening, especially when she focuses on the realities of life as a working journalist covering a presidential campaign. I could very easily relate the long hours, the short sleep, the rapid changes of venue. The mental agility required to keep up that grueling pace for all those months. Rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, being a working reporter is far from glamorous. Ms. Wilson captures the character of the people with whom she interacts with charm, humor, and grace. But there is, nonetheless, a choppy quality that is the inevitable result of a compilation of posts rather than a story. There is also a bit more repetition of subjects that is, again, the inevitable result of compiling blog entries rather than writing the story as a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Connie Wilson is a fine writer and she excels at her medium ... blogging. I'm a blogger too. I "get" it. But blogging is not authoring. It's the same church, but a different pew. Blog posts are free-standing, short subjects. You can collect them and put them in a binding to form a book-length volume of material, but it will still lack a continuous story. This lack becomes more increasingly problematic as the book progresses. The jumps between posts are sometimes a bit jarring. The result? Despite excellent writing, the book doesn't feel like a book. It feels like what it is: a huge collection of political blog posts. The posts are good, many excellent. A lot of perceptivity and sensitivity raises her writing well above the so-called news writing you find on the Internet ... or for that matter, in much of what you'll find in print or on television. I would have appreciated more "connective tissue" to give the book an easier-to-follow timeline and structure. The good news? The insider views of the campaign are priceless. The people. The voters. The volunteers. The politicians and their operatives. The process itself with all its quirks. The information is timely and might help you put the current political frenzy in context. The material and author's insights make Obama's Odyssey a worthwhile investment of time. It's a good, albeit flawed, book that covers the extraordinary 2008 campaign with a rare intimacy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Teddy

    Connie Corcoran Wilson was a journalist with Yahoo back when they had independent journalists. She was sent to cover the 2008 presidential race and she covered it from all angles. All of her articles were posted on Yahoo and she even won Yahoo’s Content Producer of the Year for Politics for 2008 with over 3 million hits, for all of her excellent coverage. Then, with very little warning, Yahoo sent an email to all content producers telling them that their services were no longer need and that all Connie Corcoran Wilson was a journalist with Yahoo back when they had independent journalists. She was sent to cover the 2008 presidential race and she covered it from all angles. All of her articles were posted on Yahoo and she even won Yahoo’s Content Producer of the Year for Politics for 2008 with over 3 million hits, for all of her excellent coverage. Then, with very little warning, Yahoo sent an email to all content producers telling them that their services were no longer need and that all of their hard work was going to be removed. Connie didn’t want to lose all of the articles she had written so she actually hired people to help her download all of her 2008 presidential election coverage. The result of this work is ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ volumes I and II. Volume I covers the primaries and caucuses, etc. Ms. Wilson is a professed Democrat/ Independent so I have to say how much I admire her for covering both sides of the fence with such style and grace. Her writing is fresh with a biting sense of humor. As a retired teacher and grandmother, I have to wonder where she got all her energy from. She criss-crossed the U.S. for days on end. How did she keep up? Some may complain that ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ seems a bit choppy because it is a Obama's Odyssey by Connie Corcoran Wilson Connie C. Wilson With Joe Biden, 2008 compilation of her articles from her coverage of the 2008 race however, I don’t see it that way. There are many books like this that are compilations of an authors previous articles and/or essays. Malcolm Gladwell is just one example of that. Ms. Wilson also included a somewhat lengthy introduction explaining why she wrote the books. I often find introductions of non-fiction books to be on the dry side but her introduction was not that at all. It was one of the most entertaining introductions I have read in a long time. So, don’t skip it! I really enjoyed Volume I and look forward to reading Volume II. It is the perfect series to be reading during the present day race for the White House. It really is a must read, especially for political junkies such as myself but for anyone who is interested in the U.S. democratic process. I know I am a bit early in saying this but get out and vote in November. You have no right to complain, if you don’t do so! But Teddy, you live in Canada. Yes, I do but I am also a U.S. citizen. I have dual citizenship. I was born and raised in the U.S., St. Paul, Minnesota to be exact. I have a civic duty to both countries. I received the ebook version for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    *** "Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House (Caucus to Convention: Vol I)" by Connie Corcoran Wilson With humor, a writing background and knowledge of the political process, the author struck out on her own to cover the Democratic candidates beginning with the Iowa Caucus and up to the Democratic Convention. I was provided a copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is below. While she provided a lot of information and stories throughout the book, and did so in a unique wa *** "Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House (Caucus to Convention: Vol I)" by Connie Corcoran Wilson With humor, a writing background and knowledge of the political process, the author struck out on her own to cover the Democratic candidates beginning with the Iowa Caucus and up to the Democratic Convention. I was provided a copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is below. While she provided a lot of information and stories throughout the book, and did so in a unique way, I found it hard to truly pull out the actual important pieces and pivotal periods to have a documentary, of sorts, that truly followed the candidates. Instead, there was a lot of extra wording, thoughts and incidents that the author included that really were meaningless to what she was covering. While I did gain insight into the journey she took and wrote about, it was difficult reading it in a blog format with extra pieces added in between each posting. I believe the author has something unique in this book and has great insight to many events, I just found the manner in which she put this book together to be distracting from her message and insight. Thus, making it hard for the reader to gain that insight without pulling apart each blog post and written sections to take out al the "extra" and non-important information. For anyone who is interested in history or the political process, this style may interest them both for the insight and information the author provides but also due to her unique manner of providing it. But for those who want or were thinking this was more of a historical or documentary type read, it isn't.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Better known for her Ghostly Tales book, author Wilson gathered together articles and blogs she wrote covering the 2008 presidential race up through the national Democratic caucus. Arranged chronological, her personal interpretation of political events is based on the usual access a supporter has to a high profile candidate, rallies, debate, political ads, and broadcast interviews. In the author’s defense, that there are no claims of being a political expert, academic researcher, or insider. As Better known for her Ghostly Tales book, author Wilson gathered together articles and blogs she wrote covering the 2008 presidential race up through the national Democratic caucus. Arranged chronological, her personal interpretation of political events is based on the usual access a supporter has to a high profile candidate, rallies, debate, political ads, and broadcast interviews. In the author’s defense, that there are no claims of being a political expert, academic researcher, or insider. As such, it will be fun for some readers to compare their memories to the author’s works.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. I found it to a well written book. The writing style was easy to understand and it kept my interest. A good read on a fascinating person

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