Here's How Hillary Clinton's Concession Speech Came Together

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

While most of the press is reporting on the book's conclusion that deals with Hillary's election night woes, a tidbit about Bernie Sanders' support of Clinton is perhaps a more fitting post-mortem for the failed campaign.

"It's a four-month sprint to the end, and it will go quickly", Obama reportedly said. Reluctantly she rose from her seat and took the phone.

Hillary distributed power so broadly that none of her aides or advisors had control of the whole apparatus. "She wondered why the president hadn't leaned harder into making the case that Vladimir Putin was specifically targeting her and trying to throw the election to Trump". And in 2013, he successfully ran Terry McAuliffe's second attempt to get elected governor of Virginia.

A personal line may have been drawn, but neither Abedin or the Clintons could ignore the immediate political goal - winning the presidency. Now, he was being asked to perform a similar feat for a candidate who lacked the splendid splinter's vision.

That discovery came in the midst of Clinton's email scandal.

In one of the margins, she had drawn a circle with a cross beneath it-the symbol for women. Even President Obama was befuddled by the way his former adversary handled the situation, noting that it reminded him of how he beat her in the 2008 primaries.

The Clintons never saw Abedin's troubles as a political problem, just an anguishing personal one, a former Clinton White House adviser told PEOPLE back in October 2016: "Anyone who knows the Clintons and knows Huma's relationship with with them knows they're not seeing this as political. And she had let her country down", the book continued. "Frustrated with the process and the product, Favreau dropped out". As a parting shot, he delivered to Benenson and Palmieri a frank assessment of the shortcomings of the operation and the speech. Her extraordinary career prepared her to be president, but not to understand ordinary Americans. There was no strong leader running the show. "America can't succeed unless you succeed", she offered in a trite tautology. A presidential candidate, and member of one of the most successful and ruthless political machines, might have compromised national security and mishandled classified information with this homebrew server.

Of course this criticism of Hillary's kickoff speech comes now that the election is over. Yes, Clinton was doing well in some places, but Donald Trump's numbers in Republican areas were inconceivably big.

Ultimately, Allen and Parnes get inside the campaign but not inside the mind of Hillary Clinton. She also determined that "far too many" of her staffers were more interested in furthering their own careers than in getting her elected. In addition to a detailed account of the campaign, it provides a look at its final hours.