Monday, October 23, 2006

Barack Obama compared to JFK

I couldn't help but laugh when I read the title "Senator [Obama] has same charisma that propelled Kennedy." Barack Obama is no John F. Kennedy.

But Obama also carries some of the same sort of charisma that propelled a young John Kennedy into the presidency in 1960. His is a very 21st century multicultural appeal: the son of a Kenyan father and a white woman from Kansas, he has known both poverty and privilege. He was one of the stars of his class at Harvard Law School, but he has also worked as a social worker and street organiser in Chicago's roughest neighbourhoods and later practised as a civil rights lawyer.

So he's charmismatic. Big deal, so was Clinton, but I don't recall comparisons to Kennedy there.

And don't fawn all over him yet, he's still got to make sure Hillary doesn't run before you give him the nomination and annoint him the savior of the world...

UPDATE @ 4:42pm: BlackFive also posts on Obama's sudden popularity.

Has he ever done anything? Nope. Is he a 100% ADA liberal voting record? Yep. Does he do a credible job of keeping a suit off the ground? Yep. Is he well spoken? Yep. And then I hear Chris Rock in a stand up talking about the condescension of whites discussing whether they would vote for Colin Powell. "Oh he's so well spoken. He just speaks so well."

"Of course he's well spoken you ignint mofo, he's an educated man. What did you expect him to sound like".

I wonder if we'll get any "Uncle Tom" type comments from the left like the ones that Condi Rice, Colin Powell and Michael Steele have been saddled with...

I'm gonna take a wild guess and say no...

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