April 26, 2008


Memo to Obama: Seven things he should do to fix his image problem. (Howard Fineman, 4/26/08, Newsweek)

TELL US IN CONCRETE TERMS WHERE YOU ARE FROM. Kids under 30 don't care about geography. Born and bred in the Mapquest and GPS era, they can't even read a map. They live in and on the Internet, which is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. They are from brands, not places; lifestyle choices, not home-town roots. But that is not true of older people. For them, "where you are from" still matters, and you have to do a better, simpler job of explaining it in terms they understand. And where is that? It's not Indonesia, and it's probably not Hawaii (hard to translate in any case). It's not the Ivy League. You are from where you chose to be from, which is the South Side of Chicago.

You bet. If only people knew he was a Cook County hack everything would be a-okay....

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 26, 2008 11:38 AM

There's just so much here...
If you can't read a map, MapQuest and GPS are of little use (Duh!).

Young people are rootless and only older folks care where you are from. I've heard that so many times it's laughable, it was said over twenty years ago when I was a young person and was a lie then. When people meet strangers they ask that as one of the questions after 'name' and 'what do you do'.

Those cliches are probably part of his word processing template.

Posted by: Mikey at April 26, 2008 12:12 PM

And the only other item of note to proudly call the South Side its home are the Sox.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 26, 2008 3:46 PM