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Mr. and Mrs Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers Did It

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ISBN13: 9780981971926
ISBN10: 098197192x
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Chicago community activists John Presta and his wife Michelle were running their small, popular independent bookstore, Reading on Walden, when Barack Obama's campaign asked them to help in his 2000 race for Congress. Instantly impressed after meeting Obama, the Prestas came on board and stayed on board after his loss. An engaging, detailed, first person account of the Prestas' personal interactions with Obama and how they, together with Obama and his early campaign workers, slowly and steadily built a grassroots organization around a highly committed group of some 300 volunteers. The Prestas shortly became known as "Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots" in the Obama campaign, and Obama himself called them his "southwest side powerhouses." This book peels the layers off the early years of Obama's political career, detailing how he and individual grassroots and "netroots" organizers built a successful campaign despite the Chicago political machine and won the 2004 Senate race, causing immediate speculation about Obama for President. With great insight into a younger Barack Obama's character, vision, self confidence and determination, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots shows how change comes slowly, gradually, incrementally, and suddenly, and how one person - or two - can make a difference that changes the world.

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John Presta, the son of Italian-born immigrants, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife Michelle are community organizers and leaders. When the campaign asked, he volunteered in Barack Obamas 2000 Congressional campaign. He had extensive contact with Obama and his campaign workers and organized three hundred volunteers at a critical campaign moment. He expanded those activities during Obamas 2004 Senate race. He worked at several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, in such positions as typesetter, reporter, circulation manager, and ad sales. He is currently working on his next book in the Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots series.

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John Presta, September 22, 2009 (view all comments by John Presta)
This is a must read book for all of you politicos and junkies of politics.
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Elevator Group, The
Political Process - Elections
Presta, John
Government - General
United States - 21st Century
Political Advocacy
Government - Executive Branch
Obama, Barack
Political participation -- United States.
Politics - General
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Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Series Volume:
How Barack Obama, Tw
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9 x 6 x 0.88 in 1.25 lb

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