|Do you ever look back on what you've written on your LJ?
||[Feb. 26th, 2008|04:14 pm]
this, but until I stumbled onto it, it had completely slipped my mind.It seems like only yesterday I wrote |
That post was written shortly after the 2004 election in which I talked about who would be an ideal Democratic presidential candidate in 2008. Given the rise of Obama, I got several things wrong -- he's not white, from the south, or a governor.
But I think the things I said about personality and presentation do sound close to who Obama turned out to be.
"He (or she) will belong to a politically moderate, mainline Protestant church, be an active and sincere member of his congregation, and not afraid to use the language of religion where appropriate and proper in his political speech. He will be youngish -- 45 to 55 -- vigorous, and handsome without seeming callow. He will have some gray hair, but still look presentable in jogging shorts."
That sounds like Obama except for the gray.
"In short, he will be Jimmy Carter, without the malaise, Bill Clinton without the bimbos, and John Edwards, without the law practice. He will be George Bush, without Karl Rove. He will be intelligent, but not make a big show of it."
It's obvious that 3 1/2 years ago I couldn't even imagine an African-American being a contender for President.
So if you want to read some more or less substantive political writing:
The New Republic, writing about Obama's Econ and Foreign Policy teams
Obama talking to the Cleveland Jewish Community. In this one you can read Obama's answer to questions that are invariably [inaudible].
The former from my son Sean, the latter from my brother Sean.