CNN sugarcoats Fidel, Chaucer redux, etc.
Mar 3, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 24
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Saint Barack (cont.)
"Waiting to hear what Obama has to say--win, lose or tie--has become the most anticipated event of any given primary night. The man's use of pronouns (never I), of inspirational language and of poetic meter--'WE are the CHANGE that we SEEK'--is unprecedented in recent memory. Yes, Ronald Reagan could give great set-piece -speeches on grand occasions, and so could John F. Kennedy, but Obama's ability to toss one off, different each week, is simply breathtaking. His New Hampshire concession speech, with the refrain 'Yes, We Can,' was turned into a brilliant music video featuring an array of young, hip, talented and beautiful celebrities. The video, stark in black-and-white, raised an existential question for Democrats: How can you not be moved by this? How can you vote against the future?" (Joe Klein, "Inspiration vs. Substance," Time, February 7, 2008.)
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