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Obama [Jan. 8th, 2008|10:41 am]
Tony Grist
I suspect- being very cold and rational about it- that Hillary is the better bet- the one with the experience and the background and the policies- but it's hard not to find Obama exciting. He 's smart, impassioned, unspun, untainted- and he makes people feel good about themselves. When was the last time American politics threw up a candidate like this? Bill Clinton? No, not really. I reckon you have to go back as far as Bobby Kennedy.

We've been through a really dreary, depressing time and here, suddenly- appearing out of nowhere like Joan of Arc-  is this brilliant young man- and he's drawing crowds like no politician in recent history has been able to draw them- not just of the faithful but of the unaligned and traditionally antagonistic.   He may not go all the way- and if he does he'll disappoint us- but every society needs these "bliss was it in that dawn to be alive" moments. They're not about substance but about hope and the revival of national myth. America had become old and brutish- the country of Dick Cheyney and Donald Rumsfeld- and that's how not she likes to think of herself. (It's not how her traditional allies like to think of her either.) Thanks to Obama in the last couple of weeks we've caught a glimpse of a better, rootsier America- energetic, pioneering, idealistic and- above all else- young.

[User Picture]From: margaretarts
2008-01-08 04:08 pm (UTC)
I'm all for Obama right now, but I'm watching everyone carefully. Not watching for simple human missteps which the media loves to exploit and rerun for prime time, but watching what the candidates seem to be really saying inside. Notice how every time H Clinton says, "It's all about America, I care about what Americans feel," she shakes her head side to side, as if to say, "I can't believe I'm saying this stupid stuff." Whereas Obama seems to be the real deal, does believe in what he's saying; I just wonder why he, a brilliant young man with so much promise, wants to enter such a rat's nest as the presidential palace. I could imagine him getting elected and, 8 years later, he leaves the White House, possibly embittered, with gray hairs already sprouting, not having been able to push through reforms dear to his heart, seeing that "we the people" really do not rule this nation, only a few people do. Why does Obama really want to be president now, when so much is crumbling -- is it really to change the course of America or for some other reason? But I do agree with you, it would be a perfect time for hope and revival. So much is riding on this election.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-08 06:58 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't want the job in a million years.

But power, fame, constant attention, a place in the history books, the assurance that people will be discussing your character and achievements for the forseeable future, possibly forever- that's quite a prize.
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