Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Hi Helen, your France trip seems to have inspired you - you seem to have catched a writing fire. :-)

I am not sure I made the comment about the age of ET'ers in connection with Obama. Though looking at the people present in Paris I would say the age was higher than I would expect from a internet group.

About Obama, I still think if he becomes President his followers will have a hard awakening. Not because he is bad, but because he is not defined. I still don't know what he really stands for. To me he is like a Rorschach ink blot, you can project on him what ever you want. Unfortunately, it seems like many people are projecting all their hopes and expectations for a better future on him, but I doubt that he will be able to fullfil all these projections.

I think the awakening with Hillary would be less rude, not because she is better, but her weaknesses are better know and thus maybe the expectations not as high as with Obama.

by Fran on Wed Jun 27th, 2007 at 12:28:13 PM EST
for your comments, Fran, and Helen, for the diary.

I heard Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic convention and was moved and inspired. He's an excellent speaker.

Yet, as I've been reading and hearing about him of late, I am bothered. Something doesn't quite connect regarding Obama, and I haven't been able to put my finger on it. The discussion here comes as close as anything I've seen to clarifying it for me.

And I'm very glad to know it's not just me, being grumpy and not quite trusting him--apparently, a number of people feel that way.

by Mnemosyne on Wed Jun 27th, 2007 at 09:29:25 PM EST
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To be honest, I was very worried by the 2004 Democratic convention, and I couldn't understand what all the hoopla about Obama was about after hearing his speech. I think that indicates he basically has an emotional appeal that works mostly, if not exclusively, on Americans.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 28th, 2007 at 02:41:49 AM EST
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That convention reminded me more of a Rock concert than a political even, at least compared what we have here in Switzerland. And despite the nice words from Obama I was wondering why the people were screaming and swooning like groupies. Maybe people here are just not as easily starstruck - I don't know!
by Fran on Thu Jun 28th, 2007 at 08:22:46 AM EST
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