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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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