Must Read of the Day: How Obama Became Acting President

Frank Rich’s column today in the NY Times, about Barack Obama’s trip abroad, is a must read.

Rich says, “to dismiss Barack Obama’s magical mystery tour through old Europe and two war zones as a media-made fairy tale would be to underestimate the ingenious politics of the moment.”

History was on the march well before Mr. Obama boarded his plane, and his trip was perfectly timed to reap the whirlwind.

He never would have been treated as a president-in-waiting by heads of state or network talking heads if all he offered were charisma, slick rhetoric and stunning visuals. What drew them instead was the raw power Mr. Obama has amassed: the power to start shaping events and the power to move markets, including TV ratings. (Even “Access Hollywood” mustered a 20 percent audience jump by hosting the Obama family.) Power begets more power, absolutely.

The growing Obama clout derives not from national polls, where his lead is modest. Nor is it a gift from the press, which still gives free passes to its old bus mate John McCain. It was laughable to watch journalists stamp their feet last week to try to push Mr. Obama into saying he was “wrong” about the surge. More than five years and 4,100 American fatalities later, they’re still not demanding that Mr. McCain admit he was wrong when he assured us that our adventure in Iraq would be fast, produce little American “bloodletting” and “be paid for by the Iraqis.”

Never mind. This election remains about the present and the future, where Iraq’s $10 billion a month drain on American pocketbooks and military readiness is just one moving part in a matrix of national crises stretching from the gas pump to Pakistan. That’s the high-rolling political casino where Mr. Obama amassed the chips he cashed in last week. The “change” that he can at times wield like a glib marketing gimmick is increasingly becoming a substantive reality — sometimes through Mr. Obama’s instigation, sometimes by luck. Obama-branded change is snowballing, whether it’s change you happen to believe in or not.

Read it all… Rich draws on the stark differences between Obama and McCain and shows clearly that “America, our allies and most likely the next Congress are moving toward Mr. Obama’s post-Iraq vision of the future.”

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6 Responses to Must Read of the Day: How Obama Became Acting President

  1. The snowball started with Hillary Clinton and Obama who both inspired millions in a race so tight it could have gone either way. Thought Obama did a great job in his travels however the truth is he has no experience in foreign policy or has ever been to war. The media has been bias in coverage. Agree we need to send 10,000 troops to Afganistan. The irony of it all is, why are we here to begin with ? Energy independence ! Invest in solutions and not more on the problem and see Obama moving faster with change and innovation concerning than McCain. Obama’s speech in Berlin was inspiring and powerful. Speeches vs solutions was pointed out by Hillary Clinton and let’s just say, we are all aware of the specifics and details that Obama needs to add in this exciting move for change with his poitions and agenda. Obama is a powerful speaker ! Not taken in by the speeches and want to see and hear more his details and specifics. For example,will we work with NCLB or is Obama’s position that we end the mandates ?

  2. Never been to war ? Not worried about that but do want to hear more specific’s and details on all issues. Obama did a great job on his explanation with detail last week on foreign policy. We have other issues as well .McCain can’t seem to emphize enough he was right on the surge but meanwhile all seem to agree we need to focus on Afganistan and give no credit to Obama.

  3. I’m tired of hearing the sales pitches,let’s get to the details and specifics ! Let’s hear #1,#2,#3 and here is my plan for change on this issue with explanation. Why is Europe ahead of the US on energy independence ? Now Russia moving and are our  wind corridors open yet ? They’re still fighting on where to drill or not. Neither Obama or McCain is 100% on energy independence but Obama is ahead !

  4. Not getting lost on the NFL hits between Obama and McCain  in competition to be president. What plays are we running with details and specifics.They talk to much about the plan and agenda and don’t focus on the way to run the play.

  5. Darrell Prows says:

    I’m enjoying the Obama show, but the fun for me will really begin when they finally go one on one. I just think that it’s hard to imagine how stark the differences between the two of them are going to be. McCain can hold a few more emotionally charged slogans on top of his mind than GWB did, but he still can’t think on his feet.

  6. Darrell

    I have to say I am enjoying the Obama show these days too.