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[*] Post 404488 posted on 23-2-2010 at 09:44 Reply With Quote
Obama's political record.



I've just been having a quick look at Obama's past political record and there doesn't appear to be anything particularly outstanding about it.

Is he yet another example of a politician that has risen to power due to his personality rather than his political skills?
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[*] Post 404552 posted on 24-2-2010 at 04:01 Reply With Quote


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Is he yet another example of a politician that has risen to power due to his personality rather than his political skills?
To put a keener edge on it, he has demonstrated the ability to give some really moving speeches.

This has also translated into the ability to raise cash for political purposes, which is an important political skill in its own right.


However, his oratorical skills do not have wide application. When he did his famous address to the Democratic convention in 2004, and when he composed his stump speech, he could choose to address whatever he wanted. But, when it comes to changing people's minds on specific issues (like man-made global warming, or the government replacing the present health-care system with one financed differently, or spending into greater debt than accumulated in the previous two centuries), he fails to win over people who do not already agree with him.
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[*] Post 404557 posted on 24-2-2010 at 07:13 Reply With Quote


But everyone knew his sparse record of actually delivering what he promised when they chose him over other Democrats. As usual American voters chose style over substance and became all caught up in the dream of having a black President even when there were, initially at least, more able candidates to choose from.
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