The thrilling, inspirational story of Obama’s first Presidential campaign, as told by those who lived it.
In the months leading up to the Iowa Caucuses, few thought a man named Barack Hussein Obama would be able to win the Democratic nomination–not to mention become the country’s first black president.
But something was stirring. Hundreds of young people from all over the country, inspired by a message of hope and change, began assembling in Iowa–among them were future White House staffers Dan Pfeiffer, Josh Ernst, and Tommy Vietor. These “kids” became the backbone of one of the most improbable presidential campaigns of our lifetime. What compelled them to uproot their lives and join a nascent movement considered by nearly everyone to be the long shot of all long shots? And what was so unique about Obama’s organization that future candidates, aides, volunteers, and activists can learn from?
Chris Liddell-Westefeld was one of those kids. He, along with hundreds of others, dedicated every ounce of their time, intelligence, and limited resources to helping elect Barack Obama. Some would go on to hold top positions in the Administration, including Liddell-Westefeld himself, who prepared the President’s briefing book each morning. Others were less well-known, but each person’s life was forever touched by the experience of working on the campaign-many went back to their home states and achieved great things in service to their communities.
Featuring more than 200 interviews with alumni, staffers, and President Obama himself, They Said This Day Would Never Come is an oral history that takes readers inside the campaign, as they worked 14-hour days and drove hundreds of miles, building networks of support throughout the country for one of the most inspirational and successful campaigns in recent history.