While driving around this evening I caught NPR’s interview with Barack Obama, and I found myself having a reaction that had nothing at all to do with what he and the reporter were discussing. Go here, click on the “Listen Now” link at the top of the story, and give it a couple minutes of your time.
Then go anywhere on the Internet and listen to our current president in a Q&A format, whether it’s a one-on-one, a press conference, whatever.
Here’s what struck me about Obama. When he’s asked a question, he answers it directly, efficiently, clearly and coherently. He comes off as a guy with a mastery of the English language and you don’t find yourself holding your breath wondering if he’s going to accidentally make up a new word because he’s so inept around the ones we already have. His adeptness in fielding questions – sometimes tough ones – suggests that whether you agree with him or not, he’s at least a smart person.
No, I’m not yet a big Obama fan, but even where I have complaints about him as a candidate he inspired more confidence in me in 6 minutes than the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has in seven interminably long years.
I suspect this means something.
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