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First-term battles transformed Obama

Magic that began with ’04 convention speech has given way to frustration

WASHINGTON — New Hampshire physician Dr. William Siroty was among Democrats captivated at the 2004 national convention by the little-known Illinois state senator, an orator who seemed earnest, yet cool, and called for “politics of hope.’’

“Everybody was standing up and applauding, and going, ‘Who is this guy?’ ’’ recalled Siroty, a delegate at the Boston convention where Barack Obama made his debut.

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