Obama has spoken, and he seems so… normal. He even works in a reference to “media hype” about himself.
This section stood out to me:
I certainly didn’t expect to find myself in this position a year ago. But as I’ve spoken to many of you in my travels across the states these past months; as I’ve read your emails and read your letters; I’ve been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics.
So I’ve spent some time thinking about how I could best advance the cause of change and progress that we so desperately need.
The decisions that have been made in Washington these past six years, and the problems that have been ignored, have put our country in a precarious place. Our economy is changing rapidly, and that means profound changes for working people. Many of you have shared with me your stories about skyrocketing health care bills, the pensions you’ve lost and your struggles to pay for college for your kids. Our continued dependence on oil has put our security and our very planet at risk. And we’re still mired in a tragic and costly war that should have never been waged.
Notice some words missing there that you might expect? “Bush”, “Cheney”, “Republicans”?
In fact, notice which word is missing from his entire opening statement?
Obama isn’t running against Republicans; he’s running against partisanship itself.
UPDATE: And this didn’t take long. A GOP source is e-mailing around two Obama statements:
“I Have Neither The Expertise Nor The Inclination To Micro-Manage War From Washington.” — Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL):
“We Need To Look At What Options We Have Available To Constrain The President.” — Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL):