A Man with a Flashlight

Get to know Obama
April 8, 2007, 10:31 am
Filed under: Politics

It seems like every election, the candidates for president get a little more afraid to tell us what they think. In a few years they probably won’t talk at all, and instead of a debate they can have a fashion-show runway – walk out looking hip, pose at the end, walk back.

Apparently Obama is taking this game to a new level in New Hampshire, where he spends his town meetings literally just taking comments and listening to people. Then at the end… he doesn’t respond. Some people aren’t buying it:

At Obama’s second event of the day, the healthcare town hall, some attendees expressed frustration at the senator’s performance. He spent two hours listening to voters’ tales of woe about health insurance, interjecting his own questions and comments, but came to no conclusions….
…But to Clif Horrigan, a retiree from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in nearby Durham, the event was frustrating. “I was hoping he would spell out some general principles,” she said. “Instead, he kept sliding off people’s stories, and I couldn’t get a feel for what he believes in.”

You wouldn’t know it from his appearances, but Obama does actually have some positions. Specifically, if elected he wants to withdraw from Iraq, pursue universal health care, and do something (what?) about our oil dependance. Or that’s what I got from this interview with the New Yorker’s David Remnick in November. In 46 minutes, those are about the only policies he commits to. Why did he let it all hang out like that? Ah, yes, he wasn’t officially running for pres back then.


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