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  •  what a wonderful diary and how appropriate (1+ / 0-)
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    NLinStPaul

    of president obama's governing style wich is emerging. Actually it was always there for all to see but during the campaign, as is the case always, people tend to imbue their favorite candidate with attributes and goals and ideals they themselves believe they hold.  Therefore those who expected radical imposed change are truly feeling betrayed.

    But that was never Obama's style as anyone who fully understood that his way was always consensus and the art of the possible as his chosen field of community organising so clearly showed.

    This is the basic thrust of his emphasis on bi-partisanship which offends so many.  America, even those who consider themselves 'progressive' is still a warlike and confrontational nation more used to taking by force what they want rather than trying to find the middle ground.

    It is genius to equate Obama's method of incorportaing the enemy or the assailant or the opposition's energy into his own and thereby double the thrust of his vision.

    It reminds me of a method called 'Both sides' I myself became aqcainted with when doing a documentarey on Australia's Aboriginal people. It means listening to both sides of a story and giving equal weight and respect to both, sort of like the boomerang so it swings away from you around the other picking up the other's energy on its return journey bringing a double load of energy back to the source.

    Bravo.

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