While I initially found candidate Barack Obama a compelling figure, as least year’s campaign wore on, I found the Democrat was more like Gertrude Stein’s description of Oakland, “There is no there there.”
His briefly celebrated speech on race followed the revelations of the racism and conspiracy theories of his pastor (for twenty years) has long since been forgotten save by the most zealous of his acolytes. His platform was little more than warmed over liberalism (as one of his most fervent admirers described his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention). He hadn’t really accomplished anything before his election as President. His rhetoric about being a “new kind” of politician who transcended partisan divisions stood in stark contrast to his record.
So, to those who so love the man, please tell me what is it about him which so inspires you? Why do you have such confidence in his ability to lead? Too often though when I ask this question of his supporters, they’re recite campaign boilerplate to contrast him to his predecessor.
So, make the case for Obama without attacking George W. Bush or any Republican for that matter. I’m curious to hear why so many are so enthusiastic about a man with so little in the way of substantial accomplishments.