November 1, 2009

THE APOLOGIST AND THE UNICORN RIDER:

More Poetry, Please (THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, 11/01/09, NY Times)

More and more lately, I find people asking me: What do you think President Obama really believes about this or that issue? I find that odd. How is it that a president who has taken on so many big issues, with very specific policies — and has even been awarded a Nobel Prize for all the hopes he has kindled — still has so many people asking what he really believes?

I don’t think that President Obama has a communications problem, per se. He has given many speeches and interviews broadly explaining his policies and justifying their necessity. Rather, he has a “narrative” problem.[...]

[T]he president’s eloquence, his unique ability to inspire people to get out of their seats and work for him, has been muted or lost in a thicket of technocratic details. His daring but discrete policies are starting to feel like a work plan that we have to slog through, and endlessly compromise over, just to finish for finishing’s sake — not because they are all building blocks of a great national project.


So, let's see if we can follow this. The UR doesn't have a communications problem and he is eloquent, even though no one Mr. Friedman meets has any idea what he's saying or what he believes in and Mr. Friedman himself believes the tidal wave of words don't cohere and must be slogged through?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2009 8:01 AM
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