"In author David Remnick's Obama biography, The Bridge, he quotes White House adviser and longtime friend Valerie Jarrett:
'... I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually.... He's been bored to death his whole life. He's just too talented to do what ordinary people do.'"
Two years later... for five bucks, you can be automatically entered to win:
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I can't imagine wanting to be with the Obamas on election night.
Notably, the president had this to say about his loss to incumbent Congressman Bobby Rush [60-31] in the March 2000 Illinois primary -- in his book, The Audacity of Hope:
hmm. hmm. hmm.
"No matter how convincingly you attribute the loss to bad timing or bad luck or lack of money — it's impossible not to feel at some level as if you have been personally repudiated by the entire community, that you don't quite have what it takes, and that everywhere you go, the word 'loser' is flashing through people's minds.... They're the sorts of feelings that most people haven't experienced since high school, when the girl you'd been pining over dismissed you with a joke in front of her friends, or you missed a pair of free throws with the big game on the line—the kinds of feelings that most adults wisely organize their lives to avoid."