President Obama: Year One

TUE, JUN 1, 2010 (1:12:33)

Jonathan Alter, Senior Editor and Columnist for Newsweek, discusses his new book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One with his Newsweek colleague, Eleanor Clift.

+ BIO: Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning columnist for Newsweek Magazine. He is a frequent guest on Meet the Press and appears twice weekly on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. His 2006 book, The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, was a national bestseller. He has written for The New Republic, Esquire, Slate, and The New York Times. A Chicago native, Mr. Alter received his B.A. in history with honors from Harvard.

+ BIO: Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift, moderator, is a contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine. She reports on the White House, presidential politics, and a variety of national issues. Her column, “Capitol Letter,” is posted each week on and She is also a regular panelist on the PBS nationally syndicated show, The McLaughlin Group. According to Brill’s Content, a journalism review, Ms. Clift is one of the most accurate predictors among the pundits on the political talk shows.

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