Making Obama

From WBEZ Chicago, Making Obama tells the story of Barack Obama’s climb from the South Side of Chicago to the national stage.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Permalink

Obama 2: Chicago Politics Ain’t Beanbag

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
 

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

On the campaign trail, former President Barack Obama would talk about his roots in Chicago’s rough-and-tumble politics, saying he was tough because of those experiences.

When Obama first came to Chicago to work as a community organizer, the city had recently elected its first African-American mayor — Harold Washington.

In episode two of Making Obama, hear the story of the fall of Chicago’s “machine” politics, the rise of Mayor Washington, and what a young Obama learned from watching it all play out.