Barrack Obama’s political career took off in 2004 when he was a keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. But who was President Barrack Obama in politics back in the year 2000? Well he wasn’t very well known, and he recently reminded us all about it.
Obama recently sat down with former senior adviser David Axelrod for his podcast, “The Axe Files,” to reflect on his career and what brought him up to the great President he is today.
He specifically talked about the day he was an unknown politician at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. It was only thanks to his friend that he was able to attend the convention with just a hall pass.
“I fly out there on whatever connecting flight that was the cheapest and get to the rent-a-car place and present my credit card and the credit card’s rejected,” Obama remembered. “No more money.”
His hall pass only allowed him to explore the hallways and perimeter of the auditorium. He couldn’t see anything.
“My friend would try to get me into some of the after-parties after the convention and bouncers would be standing there saying, ‘Who’s this guy?’ And ‘He doesn’t have the right credentials.’”
“I felt as if I was a third wheel in this whole thing, so I ended up leaving early,” Obama continued. “That was a stage when I was really questioning whether I should continue in politics.”
Fast-forward to 2002, and Obama was calling Axelrod to say he had “one race” left in him. He was weighing a U.S. Senate run at the time.
“I do always think about the fact that in the 2000 convention, I couldn’t basically get in the hall or … on the floor and nobody knew my name. Four years later, I’m doing the keynote speech,” Obama said. “And it wasn’t as if I was so much smarter four years later than I had been in 2000. It speaks a little bit to the randomness of politics.”