The Rise of President Barack Hussein Obama

Posted: 17 Jul 2009

See all articles by David A. Thomas

David A. Thomas

Harvard Business School

Laura Morgan Roberts

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Stephanie Creary

Harvard Business School

Date Written: June 30, 2009

Abstract

This case profiles President Barack Hussein Obama's rise to the presidency as an "improbable candidate." The case illustrates the ways in which he overcame criticism from those who questioned his credibility and his values and skepticism from those who were unsure of whether America was ready to elect its first African American President. It also explores how President Obama was able to gain support from the American people despite lagging behind Senator Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner, throughout much of the pre-primary period.

Suggested Citation

Thomas, David A. and Roberts, Laura Morgan and Creary, Stephanie, The Rise of President Barack Hussein Obama (June 30, 2009). HBS Case No. 409-115; Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1434523

David A. Thomas (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Laura Morgan Roberts

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Stephanie Creary

Harvard Business School ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
498
PlumX Metrics