Writer Eli Attie: "David Axelrod helped explain to me how Obama viewed his race, how he refused to be defined by it. In politics people are always looking to force people into categories: What's your slice of the constituents? What's your political base? And it seemed that Obama was very resistant to that idea and that was a key element in his success."
Haven't we seen this election before?
By Janette Ballard
BBC producer, President Hollywood
The Obama v McCain race for the White House has been run before - NBC's The West Wing pitted a charismatic, non-white Democrat against a maverick, experienced Republican.
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