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Biggest Headlines of 2008: Barack Obama Defeats Hillary Clinton For Nomination

Hillary Clinton had the name, the experience, the money, the contacts, and the tenacity — yet her momentum of inevitability couldn't stop Barack Obama. Before he upset Hillary in the Iowa primary, few people took the two-year senator's chances of beating the front-runner seriously. His victorious finish in the the marathon Democratic primary proved to be one of the most shocking headlines of 2008, and of American political history.

Obama's ability to persevere through dozens of debates with such a policy-expert as Hillary, and his skill in dodging the kitchen sink lobbed his way from Camp Clinton proved to make him a stronger general election candidate. The early airing of potential scandals (like Rev. Wright or the Obama in Muslim garb pictures) and Obama's demonstration of executive prowess in running a capable campaign most likely got Americans more confident in his presidential abilities.

And, of course, the storyline for these two Democrats is far from over. Perhaps something they accomplish together as president and secretary of state will make the cut for biggest headline of 2009! As for this past year, stay tuned because we'll be looking back on all the biggest news from 2008!

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StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Jill- don't be so harsh towards me. I was just trying to say that his win was not that surprising to many people. I'm not trying to "justify" the win any sort of way. Strategist and historians alike all said that it we be VERY, VERY difficult for a republican to win based on the election cycles and the economy. It's not my slant and I am not just saying it because I didn't vote Obama. It's just the truth. It was not that surprising.
janneth janneth 7 years
Still hard to believe. She was practically declared to be the nominee a year ago. But she got strange during the campaign and people turned away from her. Bill did not help one bit.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I also forgot to say, I can see why this is the big article. No one thought that BO would beat the Clinton Machine. This was a big story. Fresh face, the "under dog" comes out and defeats a political dynasty. That was such drama, but you all know what I mean.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Just so everyone know there are White people, Asian, and Latinos that attend Trinity and Pfleger's church as well. If there was something so racist or deflammed - the congregations would have decreased instead of increasing ---some of these members have been members for years. Please do not create "truth" from what you heard or soundbites - have you ever been or sat in the church?
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Father Pfleger is a Catholic Priest here and talks at many churches through Chicago. He does not speak at Trinity very often but decided to piggy back on the controversy. He is all about creating drama.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Justify the win however you want, whatever makes you sleep better at night, Hainan57. I just gotta say, though, that McCain was hardly your typical republican. If he would have embraced his 2000 tendencies, instead of running full tilt to the extreme right and cementing that with his extremeVP pick, things might have been different. I don't think he was tuned in enough to the American people to see what we needed, though.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Justify the win however you want, whatever makes you sleep better at night, Hainan57. I just gotta say, though, that McCain was hardly your typical republican. If he would have embraced his 2000 tendencies, instead of running full tilt to the extreme right and cementing that with his extremeVP pick, things might have been different. I don't think he was tuned in enough to the American people to see what we needed, though.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
whether people expected it or not to MANY Obama being elected presidnt was the biggest headline. A surprise to many. "there was no chance a repub could have won unless the dem. candidate was a complete schlub." riiiight.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
whether people expected it or not to MANY Obama being elected presidnt was the biggest headline. A surprise to many."there was no chance a repub could have won unless the dem. candidate was a complete schlub."riiiight.
Stella-Stylist Stella-Stylist 7 years
LOL! Yeah, I thought that the biggest headline would be that he's the president too. Not the most surprising, but indeed the biggest headline.
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
I'm going to go on the record as saying she will not be running in 2016. We've seen what kind of viciousness old age elicits from the left.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
its ok she will be back in 2016
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
Liberty, oooh well in that case, carry on :ROTFL: whoops!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Nope Lauren. Everyone saw that coming. No surprise. I agree, the fact that Hillary lost the nom to him is more surprising. there was no chance a repub could have won unless the dem. candidate was a complete schlub. So him winning was not big news to me or anyone else I know.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 7 years
Hey LaurenG22. We're going to be doing a whole series of "Biggest Headlines." Your suggestion just might make the cut. ;-)
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
" but I'm white, I'm entitled. " Hope you all support that statement seeing as "Pfleger practices black liberation theology, is a regular guest speaker at Trinity United Church of Christ, and was identified by Obama as a key source of spiritual guidance." I feel bad that the race card was played on Hillary. Even though I don't like her. Still i think this was wrong and was a big part IMO why she lost.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
" but I'm white, I'm entitled. " Hope you all support that statement seeing as "Pfleger practices black liberation theology , is a regular guest speaker at Trinity United Church of Christ, and was identified by Obama as a key source of spiritual guidance." I feel bad that the race card was played on Hillary. Even though I don't like her. Still i think this was wrong and was a big part IMO why she lost.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
ummm I think the BIGGER headline would be that he became president of the USA. Just a thought :shrug:
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