Sunday, August 17, 2008

Obama: warm and likable

One thing that struck me about Barack Obama last night is how nice and "likable" he is. Listening to him, it was so easy to forget that this is the man who wanted to leave babies to die on a shelf.

And while he said he believes that marriage is between one man and one woman, this is the man who promises to eliminate the Defence of Marriage Act which would require all states to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

And when he talks about the importance of reaching across the isle to work together in a non-partisan way, it was easy to forget that he is one of the most partisan politicians in Congress.

And when he talks about his concern that we don't leave our children saddled with government debt, it was so easy to forget that all his proposed social programs might just make Social Security look cheap by comparison.

And when he talks about his concern for the poor and middle class and how he plans to raise taxes on the rich to support all his programs, it is easy to forget that the "rich" just pass on the added taxes to the poor by way of higher prices.

When you watch Barack Obama, all the issues just kind of get lost in his sense of humor, warm smile, and general likableness.

And that is truly scary.

1 comment:

Lori Thornton said...

I felt Obama was just trying to use the personality to make you forget the question that he didn't want to answer. He came across as someone who wanted to be all things to all people rather than a leader who stood up for what he believed. McCain, on the other hand, got straight to the point and showed leadership in doing so.