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Barack Obama: The Audacity of Vagueness

By on 1.17.07 | 8:50AM

From Obama's statement on forming an exploratory committee:

But challenging as they are, it's not the magnitude of our problems that concerns me the most. It's the smallness of our politics. America's faced big problems before. But today, our leaders in Washington seem incapable of working together in a practical, common sense way. Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can't tackle the big problems that demand solutions.

And that's what we have to change first.

We have to change our politics, and come together around our common interests and concerns as Americans.

What I'd like to know is where are all the press questions concerning Obama's "gravitas" (or, more specifically, his lack of it)? Granted, the press didn't begin raising the "gravitas" question until George W. Bush had sewn up he GOP nomination, so maybe it is too early.

Still, Obama is clearly a neophyte whose biggest asset is that, well, darn it, the looks so sexy on TV! Should he win the nomination, it will be interesting to see if the press gives Obama the same treatment it gave Bush in 2000.

I'm a betting man, and you can probably guess which way I'll bet.

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