Today’s recommended viewing is the PBS Frontline special on the two main presidential contenders. We assume we know these guys after two years (at least) of campaigning, but Frontline’s biographies shed new light on both McCain and Obama. On McCain, we learn he was close to switching parties after the 2000 election, so disappointed he was with his loss in the primaries and embittered by the Bush campaign’s smears in South Carolina. Obama, on the other hand, comes across as highly intelligent and very ambitious. Never a favorite son of Chicago’s black community (his Hawaii origins and Ivy league education made him “inauthentic”), Obama learned early on that he could advance further by aligning himself with upper-class white progressives and college kids.

Check it out.


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