When I think of where Barack Obama started, then I watch this clip, I see the expansion, not only of a politician, but of a man who can now feel the pain and problems of every day Americans. Candidate Obama didn’t start out here, but in the video above he shows the empathy he didn’t during the campaign. He’s come a long way. It’s the same classic reaction that William Jefferson Clinton revealed that made him so beloved when he was president. The humanity of politics and what is at the heart of everything in action. The chance to change people’s lives.
Republicans don’t have a chance to make headway if President Obama continues to go straight to the people and over their heads. This should have been done at the start of the stimulus talk, but Obama believed honest reaching out and across the aisle in a bipartisan gesture would dent the cynicism and desperation of his political adversary to remain relevant. Not a chance, never does. But he got it together and did what had to be done in the end.
Rush can’t touch what Obama does in person, neither can Sean Hannity or any other wingnut squealer. Laura Ingraham can insult Sen. Specter for listening to Obama, saying he was seduced by dinner, which is ludicrous considering his demands on the stimulus going forward. Maybe Ms. L should take a look around Specter’s district to understand the complexities of Pennsylvania in these economic times. When politicians make decisions like Specter’s chances are they’ve taken a look at what’s in their best interests as well.
Obama wins big on this one, everyone does, except Republicans. The bully pulpit used to its best results, compliments of a woman who believed that telling her president of her dire circumstances would manifest results. We’ll see where this story leads.