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Bush and Obama — The Master Strategists

Despite vastly different backgrounds, George W. Bush and Barack Obama both won two-term presidencies in the 21st century. Bush won a hotly contested Republican primary before narrowly beating Democrat Al Gore in 2000. Obama went from relative obscurity to a history-making campaign in just a few years, riding a wave of hope and change to the White House.

Bush and Obama — The Master Strategists

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Despite vastly different backgrounds, George W. Bush and Barack Obama both won two-term presidencies in the 21st century. Bush won a hotly contested Republican primary before narrowly beating Democrat Al Gore in 2000. Obama went from relative obscurity to a history-making campaign in just a few years, riding a wave of hope and change to the White House.

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  • Bush Turns to Business Record in Run for Govenor: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bush Turns to Business Record in Run for Govenor

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    Journalists Ponnuru, Hockenberry, Weisberg, Nichols, and Republican Strategist Trynham describe Bush growing up and how he contrasted with the rest of his family. He was never expected to be successful in politics and was the black sheep of his family. Experts as well as Sr. Advisor Karen Hughes state George W. eventually decided to turn his life around after his father entered the White House.

  • Turning 'Bushisms' and Inexperience into Strength: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Turning 'Bushisms' and Inexperience into Strength

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    Republican Strategist Trynham, journalists Weisberg, Couric, and advisors Rice, Norquist, and Brazile discuss Bush's inarticulacy and inexperience, as well as how he was honest enough about his shortcomings that he just surrounded himself with experienced strategists. Consequently, Bush came off as personable and as an average American to those that ultimately voted for him.

  • Experts Discuss the Strategy Obama Used to His Advantage: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Experts Discuss the Strategy Obama Used to His Advantage

    S1 E8 - 2m 56s

    Assistant Professor Niambi Carter, National Chief of Staff Messina, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center University of Pennsylvania Kathleen Jamieson, Stephanie Cutter, and Campaign Supervisor Donna Brazile discuss the ways that Obama used the internet and social media to mobilize young voters. This strategy ultimately defeated the powerful establishment behind Hillary Clinton in 2008.

  • Obama's Ups and Downs in Iowa and New Hampshire: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Obama's Ups and Downs in Iowa and New Hampshire

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    Republican Strategist Karl Rove, National Chief of Staff Jim Messina and others discuss the momentum and mainstream attention of Obama's campaign, which translated to his great success in Iowa. All the while Hillary Clinton was close behind, criticized for being "less likeable. When she showed her human side, she defeated him in New Hampshire, illustrating the neck-in-neck race between the two.

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