First off I am very pleased he won.
That said I was reading a New York Times article detailing his run to this point and it got me wondering if, when Obama decided to run, if he really had any thought that he’d actually win. To be sure he has the burning desire to be President as any candidate must. Yet considering he is a first term Senator and a relative unknown (albeit with some celebrity as a politician) and faced with an heiress-apparent with a massive political machine in Clinton I cannot help but think his choice was a strategic one to set the basis for a future run for President.
No doubt he started his campaign and did his level best to be a serious contender. He was playing to win from the get-go. But that makes sense even if he did not expect to win. He wanted to keep his celebrity high, gain power in the Senate as an up-and-coming sort and stay on the public mind’s radar and a serious campaign suits that goal. Then, in 2012 or perhaps 2016, he could make a shot at it and be considered a serious contender right out of the gate.
He is an unlikely story and he is no dummy and must have been aware of that. I am sure he is thrilled but I suspect sometime today he had a private, “Holy shit! I can’t believe I did it!” moment.
Or am I just making stuff up?