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  •  But he didn't activate us for causes or policy. (4+ / 0-)

    Watching 2008 events he sometimes would tell the crowd their work wouldn't be over after the election
    Which fits things he said in interviews sometimes since entering state politics. Like this 1995 article
    What Makes Obama Run?

    but unusual in electoral politics, his proposal calls for organizing ordinary citizens into bottom-up democracies that create their own strategies, programs, and campaigns and that forge alliances with other disaffected Americans. Obama thinks elected officials—even a state senator—can play a critical catalytic role in this rebuilding.

    Obama is certainly not the first candidate to talk about the politics of community empowerment. (snip)
    What makes Obama different from other progressive politicians is that he doesn't just want to create and support progressive programs; he wants to mobilize the people to create their own.
    (snip)

     "What if a politician were to see his job as that of an organizer," he wondered, "as part teacher and part advocate, one who does not sell voters short but who educates them about the real choices before them? As an elected public official, for instance, I could bring church and community leaders together easier than I could as a community organizer or lawyer. We would come together to form concrete economic development strategies, take advantage of existing laws and structures, and create bridges and bonds within all sectors of the community. We must form grass-root structures that would hold me and other elected officials more accountable for their actions.

    So when I heard him talk about it at rallies now and then I wasn't surprised. When he did not do it I was more surprised. I understand that the reality of politics can burn away some idealism or make the mechanics of it seem impractical, but he could have used us. I hope he will now. Even more I hope this powerhouse created does live on, grow into something even stronger. We will need it.

    When I read about the candidates in 2007/2008 I was amazed how much there was to find on Obama going back over a decade. It is harder to find the real stuff now because of the pages and pages of conspiracy and crap. But what I found really impressed me. I'd been sure I would go for a different Dem but I was won over before I ever heard him speak. Then the speeches didn't seem so much just lofty rhetoric but really just a lovely phrasing of his driving and growing passion since he first came to Chicago.

    Other things he has said over the years are reflected in how we have seen him as president, even from this article

    "The right wing, the Christian right, has done a good job of building these organizations of accountability, much better than the left or progressive forces have. But it's always easier to organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness, and false nostalgia. And they also have hijacked the higher moral ground with this language of family values and moral responsibility.

    "Now we have to take this same language—these same values that are encouraged within our families—of looking out for one another, of sharing, of sacrificing for each other—and apply them to a larger society. Let's talk about creating a society, not just individual families, based on these values. Right now we have a society that talks about the irresponsibility of teens getting pregnant, not the irresponsibility of a society that fails to educate them to aspire for more."

    He's done that pretty well.
    We got the pragmatist as president, a trait also shown over the years, but here's hoping that in this 2nd term we can get more of the visionary mixed with the pragmatist.

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