Friday, October 03, 2008

New Yorker endorses O'Bama .......

and provides a coherent antidote to the hoohah of recent weeks. Reading this is a delight not just for its point of view, especially as it exposes McCain's weirdness, but because it demonstrates that the clear presentation of opinions is not totally a lost art.

"The election of Obama—a man of mixed ethnicity, at once comfortable in the world and utterly representative of twenty-first-century America—would, at a stroke, reverse our country’s image abroad and refresh its spirit at home. His ascendance to the Presidency would be a symbolic culmination of the civil- and voting-rights acts of the nineteen-sixties and the century-long struggles for equality that preceded them. It could not help but say something encouraging, even exhilarating, about the country, about its dedication to tolerance and inclusiveness, about its fidelity, after all, to the values it proclaims in its textbooks. At a moment of economic calamity, international perplexity, political failure, and battered morale, America needs both uplift and realism, both change and steadiness. It needs a leader temperamentally, intellectually, and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe. That leader’s name is Barack Obama."

Click here for full editorial.


jody said...

Thanks for putting this link in Trish. I love this line too-

"What most distinguishes the candidates, however, is character—and here, contrary to conventional wisdom, Obama is clearly the stronger of the two."

Trish said...

It makes many many memorable points, and the writing is so good. It is very refreshing.