Regardless of the terrible cover image the New Yorker has been getting some heat for, the article inside puts a focus on Obama’s time as a community organizer in the Chicago and his rise to political power in Illinois. It’s long as hell, but is really interesting.
Included in the article is an Obama quote from 1996 when he described his thoughts on Bill Clinton, saying: “Well, his campaign’s fascinating to a student of politics. It’s disturbing to someone who cares about certain issues. But politically it seems to be working.” Funny, but that’s almost exactly how I would characterize the Obama campaign at this point.
Definitely worth a read whenever you have time to sit down and really get into it (again, it’s long). Much love to Rage for sending me the article.
“Like many politicians, Obama is paradoxical. He is by nature an incrementalist, yet he has laid out an ambitious first-term agenda (energy independence, universal health care, withdrawal from Iraq). He campaigns on reforming a broken political process, yet he has always played politics by the rules as they exist, not as he would like them to exist. He runs as an outsider, but he has succeeded by mastering the inside game. He is ideologically a man of the left, but at times he has been genuinely deferential to core philosophical insights of the right.”