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    already are edging perilously close to "old and gray". But frankly, this has, for me, offered a perspective about how deep the change is that is embodied in President Obama.

    It's even less what he does than how he does it -- his straightforwardness. He may be (imo) a darn good tactician, but he does it without guile and with sincerity. We aren't used to seeing this any more in American politics. Assuming that a person has the capacity for critical thought, this is enormously refreshing. It offers a kind of spaciousness that includes everyone's opinion, everyone's point of view, allowing examination on their merits without bias as to their source or content.

    Another difference is how he treats people. It was a turning point for me in his debate with John McCain, especially given how McCain treated him ("That one!"), to see McCain stumble over Ahmadinejad's name and have Obama almost inaudibly offer "that's a hard one" as encouragement. He treats people with the dignity that every human being deserves. Namaste. And this doesn't mean he's a wimp, obviously.

    So to me, it's his attitude that is so important, because any objectively thinking, deeply feeling person will come to similar (but not identical) policies from this open-mindedness. To have someone to look to as an example of how to conduct this nation's business, someone of his character in the White House after all of the mean-spiritedness, small-mindedness and lies that we've had shoveled at us for the past few decades, may well be the single biggest contribution this man will make to this country. I mean, look at how people now are engaged -- both here and abroad -- now that they know there's someone leading this country who actually listens!

    I don't always agree with him, but I have enormous respect for the kind of person that he is. And he continues to surprise me.

    "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." ML King

    by TheWesternSun on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 04:07:13 PM PDT

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    •  I could kiss you! best description (8+ / 0-)

      that I have ever heard and ..i think in an indirect way you explained exactly why the Nobel Peace Prize vote was unanimous.

      There certainly were concrete things they looked at but he has brought back a dignity and diplomacy not seen in decades that in itself changes the world and brings more peace. I tried to express it in words but never could at the time, you have done it perfectly.

      I want to add..for those who want him to attack and/or not talk and listen to blue dogs or republicans, well that is exactly what people want in the I/P situation for example..only listen and talk to their side.  We know that never works.

      I think his work at the G20 and G8 was a perfect example of his effect on other leaders.  He negotiated compromises but never made himself the star (others did lol)

      "I know we will have differences. Put them aside. It is so easy to focus on where we don't agree and to lose the big picture. Fight until we win" -Kwickkick

      by vc2 on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 05:31:55 PM PDT

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      •  I'll accept that impulse! And the words that (1+ / 0-)
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        came with it.

        The most important things aren't always the most obvious. And Being is often more important than Doing.

        "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." ML King

        by TheWesternSun on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 08:48:56 PM PDT

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    •  Superbly stated! (1+ / 0-)
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      Thank you for this!

      Where some view Obama's genuine respect for others as a sign of weakness, I view that as a sign of strength of character. Something for me to aspire to (and I'm already old and gray-haired, have much work to do in a shortened time).

      Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person. -Jan Edwards

      by SoCalSal on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:00:09 PM PDT

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