Just like us
“Pssst. Did you hear? Barack Obama is normal. Why, he’s just like you and me,” New York Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin writes.
“He loves his glamorous wife. His kids are peachy-cute adorable. What an all-American family they are!” Mr. Goodwin exclaimed.
“Sure, he may look and sound different and has, even Michelle Obama said, ‘a funny name,’ and was born in the exotic confines of Hawaii. But underneath it all, he’s sooooo normal and sooooo American in his values.
“Get it? You’d have to be dead not to.
“Welcome to the ‘Repair Barack Obama’s Image’ convention. That so much repair work is needed speaks to the campaign’s concern about the sagging poll numbers and the fear that Obama, for all his soaring success, still has not connected with the working-class voters who will decide the election. Images of Jeremiah Wright’s anti-American rants have to be eliminated from the collective memory bank if Obama is to win.
“It’s a real problem, and Team Obama is wise to confront it, even if the parade of ordinary people making mundane points [Aug. 25] was a little, well, underwhelming.
“And even if Obama’s own latenight video appearance, dripping with better-kept-in-private family talk, was just a tad creepy. There was an element of pleading for acceptance that was almost sad.
“Still, there was no missing the political point behind the made-forTV show. Not after speaker after speaker filled in minor pieces of the portrait of a good old-fashioned, red-blooded American who shares your values, values, values.”