What Obama Means

Professor Melanye Price has an op-ed in the Hartford Courant today about Barack Obama:

Media pundits and supporters claim Barack Obama is at his best when viewed in person, so I went to the recent Obama rally at the XL Center in Hartford to see for myself. Ultimately, I came away convinced that Obama actually could succeed. I found myself both embracing and eschewing the conflicting meanings of an Obama presidency.

The most audaciously hopeful aspect of an Obama rally has to be the attendees, who represent every demographic imaginable. Waiting with me were professors, white suburban mothers, Obama gear-clad teenagers, an older African American couple, and a group of young black and Latino men.

As we waited with thousands, we became unlikely allies, holding places for bathroom breaks, scouting the best entrance and seats and discussing Obama’s appeal. Were we a “grand coalition for change” as Obama suggested? Moreover, could he translate our differing versions of change into coherent policies?

Click here to continue reading Professor Price’s piece at the Hartford Courant website.

Personally, I liked the op-ed, but the 128 (and counting) comments it’s generated are entertaining too. One non-representative sample:

0ne problem…EXPERIENCE.

If Hillary and Barack were your 2 choices of surgeons to operate on you ~ which would you choose?

-and don’t reply with an; “A new doctor knows the latest procedures as all doctors are getting constant information on the medical subject.”

I will vote for EXPERIENCE…I will vote for HILLARY!

When does politics or governance = surgery or medicine?

24 thoughts on “What Obama Means

  1. Anonymous

    As for which surgeon I would pick; I would pick the one that was honest enough to recognize a previous catastrophic blunder they made, comparable to transplanting the wrong organ (i.e. vote on the iraq war), instead of acting like he/she didn’t err at all.As a pre-med I can tell you that competency and judgment trumps experience.

  2. Anonymous

    As for which surgeon I would pick; I would pick the one that was honest enough to recognize a previous catastrophic blunder they made, comparable to transplanting the wrong organ (i.e. vote on the iraq war), instead of acting like he/she didn’t err at all.As a pre-med I can tell you that competency and judgment trumps experience.

  3. Anonymous

    As for which surgeon I would pick; I would pick the one that was honest enough to recognize a previous catastrophic blunder they made, comparable to transplanting the wrong organ (i.e. vote on the iraq war), instead of acting like he/she didn’t err at all.As a pre-med I can tell you that competency and judgment trumps experience.

  4. Anonymous

    As for which surgeon I would pick; I would pick the one that was honest enough to recognize a previous catastrophic blunder they made, comparable to transplanting the wrong organ (i.e. vote on the iraq war), instead of acting like he/she didn’t err at all.

    As a pre-med I can tell you that competency and judgment trumps experience.

  5. Anonymous

    Vote for Hillary if you must based on her policies, but not from some strange notion that she’s better qualified than Obama.Vote for Obama if you have any intelligence at all.

  6. Anonymous

    Vote for Hillary if you must based on her policies, but not from some strange notion that she’s better qualified than Obama.Vote for Obama if you have any intelligence at all.

  7. Anonymous

    Vote for Hillary if you must based on her policies, but not from some strange notion that she’s better qualified than Obama.Vote for Obama if you have any intelligence at all.

  8. Anonymous

    Vote for Hillary if you must based on her policies, but not from some strange notion that she’s better qualified than Obama.
    Vote for Obama if you have any intelligence at all.

  9. Anonymous

    Meanwhile, Hillary’s experience = Laura Bush’s experience plus a few years in the US Senate. I’d say that ties her with Obama. If it comes down to “experience” McCain has more than both of them put together plus 20 years. So let’s hope it’s not just that.

  10. Anonymous

    Meanwhile, Hillary’s experience = Laura Bush’s experience plus a few years in the US Senate. I’d say that ties her with Obama. If it comes down to “experience” McCain has more than both of them put together plus 20 years. So let’s hope it’s not just that.

  11. Anonymous

    Meanwhile, Hillary’s experience = Laura Bush’s experience plus a few years in the US Senate. I’d say that ties her with Obama. If it comes down to “experience” McCain has more than both of them put together plus 20 years. So let’s hope it’s not just that.

  12. Anonymous

    Meanwhile, Hillary’s experience = Laura Bush’s experience plus a few years in the US Senate. I’d say that ties her with Obama. If it comes down to “experience” McCain has more than both of them put together plus 20 years. So let’s hope it’s not just that.

  13. Anonymous

    bush had experience? did u consider being the sole owner of the texas rangers experience? no 1 is debating that legacy doesn’t have a huge impact on voter confidence, but george bush had limited experience in government at best.hil in ’08.

  14. Anonymous

    bush had experience? did u consider being the sole owner of the texas rangers experience? no 1 is debating that legacy doesn’t have a huge impact on voter confidence, but george bush had limited experience in government at best.hil in ’08.

  15. Anonymous

    bush had experience? did u consider being the sole owner of the texas rangers experience? no 1 is debating that legacy doesn’t have a huge impact on voter confidence, but george bush had limited experience in government at best.hil in ’08.

  16. Anonymous

    bush had experience? did u consider being the sole owner of the texas rangers experience? no 1 is debating that legacy doesn’t have a huge impact on voter confidence, but george bush had limited experience in government at best.

    hil in ’08.

  17. Anonymous

    Experience is very important, as is policy. Obama has neither. All he has is style, which won’t make him a good president.

  18. Anonymous

    Experience is very important, as is policy. Obama has neither. All he has is style, which won’t make him a good president.

  19. Anonymous

    Experience is very important, as is policy. Obama has neither. All he has is style, which won’t make him a good president.

  20. Anonymous

    Experience is very important, as is policy. Obama has neither. All he has is style, which won’t make him a good president.

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