Sunday, July 08, 2007

Obama in a nutshell

From McClatchy:

He's betting that voters will rally behind his motivational style and personal appeal despite his relatively thin national credentials, that they'll choose him as a clean slate for the future rather than restore a Clinton political dynasty and they'll embrace his idealistic if vague vision of a unified, post-racial America. [...]

Bridge-builder. Transformer. A new leader for a new era. That's his pitch.

The voters who came to see Obama — at an elementary school in Keokuk, a coffeehouse in Oskaloosa, a backyard in Pella, a July Fourth picnic in a Des Moines park — covered the spectrum: Democrats, independents, past Bush supporters who regret the war. Most were white. [...]

Obama's energy feeds off the crowds. [...]

The bigger the audience, the louder and more instinctive his speech becomes. [...]

He also can be disarmingly goofy.

In the middle of one speech outdoors, he started coughing uncontrollably, then admitted, laughing, that he'd just swallowed a gnat. He tried to continue but the coughing overtook him.

"Don't film that!' he pleaded to a camera crew, as the audience chuckled. "That's all right. I hadn't had lunch yet — protein." [...]

"I like Hillary Clinton, but I still have to get over some of the votes she made on the war," Malloy said.

With Obama, who opposed the war from the start, [Fairfield, Iowa Mayor Ed] Malloy said, "I came away very, very impressed. I think he's got a natural capacity to inspire. On an inspiration, gut feeling right now, I'd say I'm closer to Senator Obama."

What do you think? Need more than that? I know I do, but some people won't.


At 6:17 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

At least he's can't be accused of being cold and unlikable, right?

Someone to have a beer with...oy. I always hated that whole concept. Most of us don't go out drinking with our presidents.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Kyle said...

Just give it to Bloomberg since he's going to run anyway and all he can do is be a partial cause of President Fred. I don't love Obama but at least he isn't Hilary, who I like even less.

At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Obama, if for no other reason than he's a breath of fresh air...with good ideas and leadership qualities.

BTW, you KNOW that gnat was on Rove's payroll. Had to be.


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