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Obama Time Machine: The Greatest Man on Earth Meets The Loneliest Man in the World

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On that magical night, for the New York Times, on November 4th, 2008,  Adam Nagourney wrote:

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.

“The election of Mr. Obama amounted to a national catharsis — a repudiation of a historically unpopular Republican president and his economic and foreign policies, and an embrace of Mr. Obama’s call for a change in the direction and the tone of the country.”

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“…nothing short of a phenomenon, drawing huge crowds epitomized by the tens of thousands of people who turned out to hear Mr. Obama’s victory speech…”

But it was just as much a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation’s fraught racial history, a breakthrough that would have seemed unthinkable just two years ago…

To the very end, Mr. McCain’s campaign was eclipsed by an opponent who was nothing short of a phenomenon, drawing huge crowds epitomized by the tens of thousands of people who turned out to hear Mr. Obama’s victory speech in Grant Park in Chicago.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,” said Mr. Obama, standing before a huge wooden lectern with a row of American flags at his back, casting his eyes to a crowd that stretched far into the Chicago night…

Good times, good times. Fast forward to October. 7, 2014.

For the New York Times reports:

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In This Election, Obama’s Party Benches Him

CHICAGO — When he soared to victory by almost 10 million votes in 2008, President Obama won in states like Virginia that Democratic candidates had not captured since 1964. He was trumpeted as a transformational leader who remade American politics by creating a new electoral map and a diverse voter coalition to shape the Democratic Party for the 21st century.

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“But for now he has been reduced to something else: an isolated political figure who is viewed as a liability to Democrats in the very states where voters by the thousands had once stood to cheer him.”

“As November nears, Mr. Obama and his loyalists are being forced to reconcile that it is not only Democrats in conservative-leaning states, like Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who are avoiding him.”

Hmm…A repudiation of a historically unpopular Democrat president and his economic and foreign policies?

…Mr. Obama’s loyalists say they, too, are eager to return to domestic issues. “When people are jumping a fence at the White House and Ebola is in Dallas it’s hard to get a message through,” said Robert Gibbs, Mr. Obama’s former press secretary.

Where exactly Mr. Obama ought to be delivering his campaign message, though, is still debated in Democratic circles…

NYTimes.com

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One Comment on “Obama Time Machine: The Greatest Man on Earth Meets The Loneliest Man in the World”

  1. […] Pundit from another Planet On that magical night, for the New York Times, on November 4th, 2008, Adam Nagourney wrote: Barack […]


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