Monday, January 28, 2008

Audiovisual Aids for the Endorsement Below

I just got done watching Ted Kennedy enthusiastically dismantle every one of Hillary Clinton's talking points. Now, Evan Bayh, a Democratic senator who's supporting Clinton, is on MSNBC talking about how his candidate still has the superior strength to get things done. What I'm struck by as this campaign progresses is not just my increased disdain for the Clintons, but how strange their emphasis is. Obama doesn't have to get your vote, but does anyone really look at him and think he's weak? This isn't Dukakis we're talking about. Is Hillary's best shot really to say she's stronger than he is?

Anyway, I didn't mean to get off track. I want to share two video clips. Combined, they run for an hour and 10 minutes, so you'll have to decide how to rearrange your schedule to accommodate them. The first is Obama talking to the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle, a paper that just endorsed him. It's fascinating because it's not a typical televised event, and I think you see a side of him you might otherwise miss. This is the calm, convincing side of him:

But I don't think it's the worst thing if a president can also summon his rock star side, and we know he can do that, too. This is his victory speech from South Carolina:


Blogger Henry said...

The Kennedy endorsements (both of them) are huge. They bring in a lot of the old-school Dems who Hillary has been counting on as her base of support. Once Ted Kennedy hits the campaign trail in the next week, a large chunk of the Democrat establishment (and their superdelegates at the convention) will probably migrate to Obama.

Get excited!

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Dezmond said...

It is also significant that Caroline Kennedy endorsed Obama even before Chapaquidick Ted did. I don't think she has publicly endorsed a candidate since 1980. She is coming out and saying that Obama reminds her of her father. Needless to say, that is a huge deal for Dems. It is the equivalent for a Republican getting the Reagan family behind him.

8:35 AM  

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