Instruct. Illuminate. Rearrange our mental furniture. That's a president's challenge.--"The Presidency," Franklin D. Roosevelt told a reporter shortly after he was elected in 1932, "is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership." We don't know yet whether Barack Obama can get himself elected president, much less prove a success in office. He could get swamped by unanticipated problems or suffer from crippling flaws we haven't seen yet. All presidents are blind dates. But Obama is showing signs that he could project his voice in the theater of the American presidency. Even if his legislative agenda founders, he might be able to help the nation raise its sights in new ways. You might think of it as the Obama Dividend.Barack Obama
Barack Obama knows how to think big, elevate the debate and transport the public to a new place. That's what real presidents are for.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
"The Obama Dividend"
Jonathan Alter (Newsweek):