Chris Liddell-Westefeld – They Said This Day Would Never Come

‘They said this day would never come. They said our sights were set too high. They said this country was too divided, too disillusioned to ever come together around a common purpose. But on this January night, at this defining moment in history, you have done what the cynics said we couldn’t do.’ (Barack Obama)

The thrilling, inspirational story of Obama’s first presidential campaign, as told by those who lived it.

In the year leading up to the Iowa Caucuses, few thought a freshman senator named Barack Hussein Obama would be able to win the Democratic nomination – not to mention become the country’s first black president.

But something was stirring. Hundreds of young people from all over the country, inspired by a message of hope and change, began assembling in Iowa. These ‘kids’ became the foundation of one of the most improbable presidential campaigns of our lifetime.

Featuring more than 200 interviews with alumni, volunteers, staffers, and President Obama himself, They Said This Day Would Never Come is a gripping and emotional oral history that takes listeners inside the campaign, following those kids as they worked 14-hour days and travelled thousands of miles, building networks of support for one of the most inspirational and successful campaigns in recent history.

This is a book full of hope.

They Said This Day Would Never Come is an intimate look at one of the most gripping presidential elections in history, and at how this extraordinary campaign shaped Obama’s presidency and America itself.


Dion Graham, Graham Halstead, Melissa Dodd, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Dara Rosenberg, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Lisa Flanagan, Tracey Leigh, Zeno Robinson, Ron Butler, Valerie Jarrett, Barack Obama, Chris Liddell-Westefeld, Ally Coll, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Anne Filipic, Annick Febrey, Ava Hinds Lawson, Bess Evans, Brynne Craig, Carianna Suiter, Chelsea Kammerer, Chris Wyant, Cody Keenan, Dan Pfeiffer, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Danielle Crutchfield, Dean Fluker, Elizabeth Wilkins, Emily Parcell, Esther Morales, Francis Iacobucci, Graham Wilson, Greg Degen, Howli Ledbetter, Jackie Bray, Jamal Pope, James Schuelke, Janice Rottenberg, Jason Waskey, Jeremy Bird, Joe Cupka, Joe Paulsen, Jon Carson, Jon Favreau, Josh Earnest, Kal Penn, Katherine Onyshko, Kristin Avery, Lauren Champaign, Lauren Kidwell, Maggie Thompson, MaryGrace Galston, Megan Simpson, Meghan Goldenstein, Michael Blake, Michael Halle, Mitch Stewart, Nicole Young, Patricia King, Paul Tewes, Paulette Aniskoff, Pete Rouse, Rachel Haltom-Irwin, Shannon Valley, Stephanie Speirs, Steve Dunwoody, Tom Zimmerman, Tommy Vietor, Tony Rediger, Tripp Wellde, Tyler Lechtenberg, Victoria McCullough, Yohannes Abraham

Author: Chris Liddell-Westefeld
Narrator: Chris Liddell-Westefeld, Barack Obama, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, David Plouffe, Tommy Vietor, Josh Earnest, various
Duration: 8 hours 7 minutes
Released: 20 Sep 2001
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Language: English

User Review:

yeast exploratory

I requested three books due to a library ‘class’ recommending some readings dealing with the Middle East… one dealing with Egypt and nearby areas, one I now cannot recall the title of, and this one. This one made me so angry. I felt filthy, like I had viewed porn and participated in it, and I finally could not handle more, and stopped the book. Supposedly, these books would have enabled me to grasp more of different regions, and of Islam. I am a Christian, and neither have visited nor am from these regions, but SURELY there is more to the story than the complete web of lies and deceit, disappointment and betrayals that this book suggests. Surely I can think more kindly of Tehran, than this book of a broken heart. Sadly, I just could not persevere any longer in this story, having gotten through most of chapter 7. If you are cynical, if you believe that the bulk of this city is simply destroyed by evil men who utilize broken economics to gain their own ways with all or nearly all women, including mullahs… then this book is for you. If you believe there is some beauty, some hope, something God designed as redemptive for Tehran, don’t read this book.