Best Obama at Day 100 Wrap Up

If opinion polls were real life, Barack Obama would be walking with the immortals. In polls taken as he headed to his 100th day, his numbers are high and heavenly, cruising on issue after issue at 70-plus percent.

By Henninger
The Wall Street Journal

One number in last weekend’s Washington Post/ABC poll, however, stands out. On whether he is “willing to listen to different points of view,” Mr. Obama elevates into hyperspace, hitting 90%. Just behind is “he understands the problems of people like you,” at 73%.

An argument made repeatedly during the campaign by converts to the Obama movement was that this guy simply “gets it.” If one pressed the argument deeper into the soil of, say, the high costs of green energy or of federalized health insurance, it seemed the details were beside the point. The remarkable ability to put people around him at ease with the feeling that he “gets it” has brought Mr. Obama to this place and into the high ethers of public approval. Even a doubter can marvel.

Permit a doubter, though, to offer a cautionary tale.

Early in the campaign, in January 2007, a New York Times reporter wrote a story about Mr. Obama’s time as president of the Harvard Law Review. It was there, the reporter noted, “he first became a political sensation.”

Here’s why: “Mr. Obama cast himself as an eager listener, sometimes giving warring classmates the impression that he agreed with all of them at once.” Also: “People had a way of hearing what they wanted in Mr. Obama’s words.”

Harvard Law Prof. Charles Ogletree told how Mr. Obama spoke on one contentious issue at the law school, and each side thought he was endorsing their view. Mr. Ogletree said: “Everyone was nodding, Oh, he agrees with me.”

The reason I have never forgotten this article is its last sentence, in which Al Gore’s former chief of staff Ron Klain, also of Harvard Law, reflects on the Obama sensation: “The interesting caveat is that is a style of leadership more effective running a law review than running a country.”

Read the rest:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12
4105013014171063.html

The New York Times story referred to is at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/2
8/us/politics/28obama.html?pagewanted=print

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New York Times writer Jodi Kantor researched the Obama record at the University of Chicago Law School.  On July 30, 2008, Jodi’s story appeared with the following included:

“I don’t think anything that went on in these chambers affected him,” said Richard Epstein, a libertarian colleague who says he longed for Mr. Obama to venture beyond his ideological and topical comfort zones. “His entire life, as best I can tell, is one in which he’s always been a thoughtful listener and questioner, but he’s never stepped up to the plate and taken full swings.”

We at Peace and Freedom prefer, especially in the White House, men that take full swings.

Related:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07
/30/us/politics/30law.html?ref=politics

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One Response to “Best Obama at Day 100 Wrap Up”

  1. theconsensus Says:

    A constitutional law professor that denies people the right to habeas corpus. The irony.

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