I stumbled upon this 2004 Ryan Lizza profile of Senate candidate Barack Obama done for the Atlantic. It followed his famous convention speech in support of John Kerry and it’s pretty weird after ten years. There’s even a quote from then-Congressman and now Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel, (he was President Obama’s first White House Chief of Staff). It’s easy to read too much into it with that 20/20 hindsight, but Lizza does a great job here. Somehow it makes us remember the genuine appeal that was there while hinting at some of the future pitfalls. It’s not too long and worth a read.