Why Barack Obama makes a world of difference

In his last election rally in Virginia, Barack Obama said: “One voice can change a room; and if a voice can change a room, it can change a city; and if it can change a city, it can change a state; and if it can change a state it can change this country; and if it can change this country, it can change the world!”

CHAITANYNA NETKALAPPA in Chicago writes:

“But changing the world isn’t a particularly easy thing to do. And also, even if you do change the world, you risk screwing it up a la Bush. So why does Obama tick with millions around the country and around the world? It’s a unique combination of his story and his message.

“Notice in the quote above that he didn’t stop with changing his country—he said he wanted to change the world. Not many politicians in America pay particular attention to the world; they risk being called elitist and out of touch, something Obama has been called time and again.

“But Obama is different. He has consistently pushed his message of change and hope, been an unapologetic liberal in a hostile environment, called out the Bush administration on the Iraq War in 2002 when being anti-War was synonymous with being Anti-American (when incidentally Hillary voted for the Iraq War and never apologized), he fought for abortion rights in a centre-right country just as a single example, and never once wavered from his central theme of changing America and thereby creating a better world.”

Read the full blog: Watching Obama in Obamaland