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Obama's people are finding it hard to take his "movement" with them to Washington

By James Crabtree   February 2009

A sterile conference room in an anonymous Chicago skyrise, littered with empty coke cans and packets of biscuits, seemed an inauspicious place to announce plans to change the world. Yet in such a room in 2006 Barack Obama told his most trusted advisers that, yes, he was going to run for president. He was clear on one point, though: this was going to be “a different kind of campaign.”

The differentness of the campaign Obama ran—and the “movement” of millions that joined him—became political folklore long before a ballot had been cast. The trumping of team Clinton, in particular, overturned…

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