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Preview: Jonathan Alter Talks Obama at Chicago Humanities Festival

With all the scandals the Obama administration has faced in the past several weeks, it might be hard to remember how exactly the President got re-elected seven months ago.

Tonight, as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, author, ex-Newsweek columnist, and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Alter will be more than happy to give you a refresher on the recent history of how we got here, as he discusses and signs copies of his new book, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies.

In his follow-up to the acclaimed 2010 book The Promise: President Obama, Year One, Alter draws from recent history and unparalleled access to the President's inner circle to delve into the events and political dramas that defined Obama's first term and led to his historic re-election.

Whatever your political views or personal opinions about Barack Obama, Alter is uniquely suited to the explain the hows and whys behind the man, executive, and administration.

Alter's lecture takes place tonight at 6pm at First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. CHF member tickets are $5, general public tickets are $10, and a limited number of student tickets are available for $5, and can be purchased at the CHF Box Office at 312-494-9509 or

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