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Thirty Minutes With Barack

Here’s the whole piece, “American Stories, American Solutions,” for those who missed it Wednesday. It was almost perfect in tenor and tone (and substance) although someone is getting a talking to for a typo of $200,000 that should have read $250,000. For a minute I wondered if I’d written the graphics for Obama’s infomercial.

That said, the old woman’s arthritic fingers made me cry. So did her retired husband putting on a Wal-Mart badge to go to work at age 72. So did the guy who lost two-thirds of his pension, thanking Barack for acknowledging he’d earned that money and the company had no right to take it away from him. So did the third generation Ford Autoworker worried about his job, family and town. And so did Barack talking about his dying mother and I’d heard that part before a thousand times now.

Yeah. Nothing but sniffles, but I’m not ashamed. I’m a softie who wants to believe. I can’t help myself. (Via Ben Smith’ blog on Politico)

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9 thoughts on “Thirty Minutes With Barack

  1. It was a surprisingly touching half-hour. More importantly, I think it showed how presidential Obama looked inside the Oval Office replica. Who can have any doubts that this man is not ready to lead this country?

  2. Serafina says:

    I can’t believe I actually missed it live. That’s what I get for reading, talking on the phone and watching MSNBC at the same time.I knew it would be online though, so thats good enough. What was ABC thinking by not airing this? Idiots.I didnt feel so sure before, but I hope my instincts mean something, I think this man is going to win.He’s what we need. And, yes all politicans lie, but I cannot see him forgetting how important this race has been and getting into office to grease his friends palms.He and Michelle just dont seen pretentious to me. I dont feel they’ll screw the country over.In the end though, even if no significant changes transpire, he wouldnt be worse than McCain/Palin.

  3. I felt the exact same way! it was a very touching piece! it underscores how i feel about obama. he is about bringing people together, i felt for all the families and i identified with them. i felt a connection, a wholeness. anytime i listen to mccain or palin, their surrogates, anyone I feel disconnected. they are a very divisive pair. their plan is to divide and conquer, starting with their own campaign! working it from the inside out, i guess!

  4. $200K isn’t a typo to my knowledge. The plan is that families earning under $200K get a tax cut while those between $200K and $250K just will not see any increase in taxes.Similar to Joe the Plumber having a problem with his business taxes increasing for earning over $250K when it is supposed to apply to families earning $250K and not businesses earning $250K.

  5. everytime I think about the relity of having such a inteligent ,compassionate AUTHENTIC man for president I well up…..not a day goes by, that I dont feel a tremendous sense of gratitude to the whole obama family.The courage they must have…they arent just talking about hope and faith , they are living it….all with the constatnt despicable threats that previous black leaders have faced…they stay strong in hopes that we will overcome our differnces and break the glass celing of cynism that we have all become accustomed to.He is the right man at the right time with the right message…he brings us all together. I am crying again…..tears of joy.It really feels good to feel again , to feel hope and inspiration after these 8 years.

  6. everytime I think about the relity of having such a inteligent ,compassionate AUTHENTIC man for president I well up…..not a day goes by, that I dont feel a tremendous sense of gratitude to the whole obama family.The courage they must have…they arent just talking about hope and faith , they are living it….all with the constatnt despicable threats that previous black leaders have faced…they stay strong in hopes that we will overcome our differnces and break the glass celing of cynism that we have all become accustomed to.He is the right man at the right time with the right message…he brings us all together. I am crying again…..tears of joy.It really feels good to feel again , to feel hope and inspiration after these 8 years.

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