There’s lots of good stuff in Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker profile of Barack Obama’s years in Chicago that has been overshadowed by the cover art. Many conservative bloggers have noted Obama’s absurdly naïve response to 9/11, as well as his unbridled political ambition and high self regard. But I found the following bit, in which Obama describes his days as a community organizer, as the most telling:
“But I didn’t come out of a political family, didn’t have a
history of activism in my family. So I understood these things in
the abstract. When I went to Chicago, it was the first time that I
had the opportunity to test out my ideas. And for the most part I
would say I wasn’t wildly successful. The victories that we
achieved were extraordinarily modest: you know, getting a
job-training site set up or getting an after-school program for
young people put in place.”
Of course, from a conservative perspective, this is comforting. If there is going to be a President Obama, I’d like for him to accomplish as little as possible.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?