Hey, Barack: Yes, You Still Can

Plouffe book recalls a historic campaign that got lost in transition
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2009 10:24 AM CST
David Plouffe's new campaign memoir is "the most important political book of the year," writes Arianna Huffington, and a must-read for a beleaguered White House.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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(Newser) – 'Yes, we can" was the rallying cry of a game-changing campaign that swept Obama to victory on the shoulders of a grass-roots tidal wave one year ago—and President Obama would do well to remember Candidate Obama, writes Arianna Huffington in a lengthy look at David Plouffe's new campaign memoir. The senator whose mantra was change has forgotten his middle-class mandate, and become the president who decided "the American people can only have as much change as Olympia Snowe will allow," she writes.

Bemoaning that "the audacity of winning has given way to the timidity of governing," Huffington, who stayed up until the wee hours to finish Plouffe's book in a single night ("it reads like a thriller") concludes if Obama "wants to make sure he doesn't let down the millions who believed he really would change the rotten system, he should read the The Audacity to Win from beginning to end—and rediscover a whole host of things he knows, but seems to have forgotten."
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