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RE: Obama Talk


I certainly agree that the importance of rhetoric should not be underestimated, Kathryn, and much of what Obama has to say about the family in his book and (occasionally) on the stump is quite impressive and important. But the great bulk of his rhetoric seems to be condescension masquerading as even-handedness (as in the quote from his book I noted below), and to the extent it leads anywhere it’s generally somewhere awfully stale. Again, that’s by no means unusual for a politician, especially a Senator, but it’s certainly at odds with the basic image around which he’s trying to frame his candidacy.


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