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Thursday, January 16, 2020
6:00 PM


57th Street Books


Free and open to the public

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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
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Chris Liddell-Westefeld discusses They Said This Day Would Never Come: Chasing the Dream on Obama's Improbable Campaign. He will be joined in conversation by Josh Earnest. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

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About the book: In the year leading up to the 2008 Iowa caucuses, few thought a freshman senator named Barack Hussein Obama would be able to win the Democratic nomination—not to mention become the most popular leader in the world. But something was stirring. Hundreds of young people from all over the country, many with no political experience whatsoever, volunteered to support Obama’s campaign by enlisting as field organizers and other staff in Iowa, the first state to hold a caucus in the 2008 election cycle. These “kids” on the front lines of the campaign in one of the quirkiest political states in America became the foundation of one of the most improbable presidential campaigns of our lifetime. Chris Liddell-Westefeld was one of those kids. He and hundreds of other staff and volunteers dedicated every ounce of their time, intelligence, and limited resources to helping elect Barack Obama. They won Iowa, and the fervor for Obama began to spread nationwide. Drawn from more than 200 interviews with alumni including David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Dan Pfeiffer, Valerie Jarrett, Josh Earnest, Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau, and President Obama himself, They Said This Day Would Never Come takes readers deep inside the most inspirational and successful presidential campaign in recent history.

About the author: Chris Liddell-Westefeld joined the Obama for America campaign in 2007 and spent five years on the Obama White House staff. Since 2014, Liddell-Westefeld has been documenting the story of the Obama presidency through oral history interviews. An Iowa native, he currently works as an oral historian in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

About the interlocutor: A legendary communications strategist, Josh Earnest was selected by President Obama to assume the most-visible job in American politics as White House press secretary from 2014-2017. He is currently Chief Communications Officer for United Airlines. Earnest first joined Obama’s team in March 2007 helping steer the President to an historic victory in the Iowa caucuses that catapulted him to the White House. He went on to work as deputy communications director during the 2008 election.