Maybe it's his message of inclusion, his smarts or his million-dollar smile. Whatever it is, people seem smitten. Chicago politics, viewed from afar, often seems a monolithic thing. The words most closely associated with it — "the machine" — imply an implacable, unbreakable force. On the ground, nearly the opposite is true.
Far from being a monolith, the machine has many parts.
"Sam," he said, "this is my house too. This is God's house."
That simply and quickly, Obama was again completely at home in a room full of strangers, and they with him.
Monday, December 25, 2006
"What is it about Obama?"
Terry McDermott, former Seattle Times reporter, writing in the LA Times: