Obama to host massive 15th anniversary party for 2008 victory

 October 31, 2023

Ever the narcissist, Barack Obama is hosting a massive, first-of-its-kind birthday party for his 2008 presidential victory.

The divider-in-chief will bring the band back together in Chicago to commemorate 15 years since his triumph over Republican John McCain.

Obama's reunion party

Obama served less than one full term as a U.S. senator from Illinois before he was catapulted to the White House promising "hope and change."

It was in Chicago's Grant Park that Obama delivered his victory speech in 2008. He maintains a residence in Chiago's Hyde Park neighborhood, and a monument to his ego is under construction in the form of the Obama Presidential Center.

There will be an expected 2,500 Obama alumni at Obama's party, including campaign people, White House staff and employees of Obama's non-profit.

“The idea of hope and change can be seen as quaint or even far-fetched in an era of red-hot division and pessimism. But maybe in getting the band back together, we can rekindle some of that positive spirit," said former Obama campaign staffer Eric Lesser.

The jubilee will run from Thursday to Sunday, with a headliner featuring the big man himself on Friday. Obama will sit down for a talk with Pod Save America, a left-wing podcast hosted by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor, and Crooked Media's Alyssa Mastromonaco.

There will also be a talk with Michelle Obama and former Obama aides Kal Penn and Jen Psaki, who served as Biden's press secretary before moving to MSNBC.

Renewing the faith

For many, Obama's presidency raised hopes of racial reconciliation that were dashed by the time he left office. The "divider in chief" unleashed the "woke" movement on the country and left a nation bitterly divided.

The "arc of history," as Obama called it in his moralizing fashion, was disrupted when Obama favorite Hillary Clinton lost in a crushing defeat to Donald Trump in 2016.

Trump is seeking the presidency again, and the possibility of his return to power will undoubtedly cast a cloud over Obama's retreat this week.

But Obama clearly remains convinced that he is some kind of messianic figure, as do the Obama faithful like strategist David Axelrod, who described the reunion as an opportunity to renew hope in "democracy."

“It’s important for us to kind of get together and renew that commitment, renew that faith, that there will be a better day,” Axelrod, a CNN senior political commentator, said.

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