Tonight we begin a series of candidate profiles...Tonight's focus: Senator Barack Obama. Barack Obama is known for his smooth oratorical skills, his easy way, and his supreme confidence. But he wasn’t always the sure-footed politician we see today. The son of an African father and a white mid-western mother, Obama was mostly raised by his white grandparents. He struggled with his identity and where he fit in. Obama’s closest high school friend tells Anderson that he felt abandoned by his parents, and left out at his mostly white, mostly wealthy high school. He found a place to belong on the basketball court, but off the court he struggled…experimenting with drugs to numb the confusion. Obama’s community organizing boss tells AC360 he was a chronic underachiever, until college when his mother’s influence finally came to bear and he began applying himself. Obama continued struggling with his identity, searching for a place to belong throughout his younger years. He finally found that place in the African American community in Chicago, joining an African American church, and marrying a black woman from the south side. And somewhere along the way, he also found his purpose. Looking back now it looks as if, that young man who was searching so hard to find his identity had all along been on a journey toward the white house
Also, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores the many sides of former Heisman Trophy winner, NFL running back Herschel Walker. His new book "Breaking Free" details Walker's life living with dissociative identity disorder (AKA multiple personalities). Walker's revelation caught many former teammates and coaches by surprise. Dr. Sanjay Gupta sat down with Walker, who described the various facets of his disorder, and explained how the various personalities may not be aware of one another, or have access to all memories. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores this fascinating disorder, speaking to Walker, his physician, and his former wife. This is MUST SEE TV...
AND David Mattingly continues on the poylgamy beat in Texas. AC360 was granted exclusive access to the YFZ (Yearning for Zion) Ranch last night....we heard from many of the women, who have NOW been separated from their children...Fascinating stuff... PLUS Dan Simon's interview with Winston Blackmore will hopefully air tonight. Blackmore, the polygamous leader who broke away from Warren Jeffs and resides north of the border, reacts to the Texas raid....
AND lets not forget the POPE...He arrives around 4 pm eastern...we will track his FIRST journey to the United States....Man oh man, there is a lot going on tonight!!!!
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