I’ve seen a lot of politically-motivated ads in my lifetime, but none of them compare to this one:
Callie Shell / Aurora for TIME
Joe Klein of Time Magazine has written a fantastic article about the Obama campaign, and gives some really good insight as to why he is, so far, winning. It’s a great read and I wanted to share it with you.
General David Petraeus deployed overwhelming force when he briefed Barack Obama and two other Senators in Baghdad last July. He knew Obama favored a 16-month timetable for the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq, and he wanted to make the strongest possible case against it. And so, after he had presented an array of maps and charts and PowerPoint slides describing the current situation on the ground in great detail, Petraeus closed with a vigorous plea for “maximum flexibility” going forward. Obama had a choice at that moment. He could thank Petraeus for the briefing and promise to take his views “under advisement.” Or he could tell Petraeus what he really thought, a potentially contentious course of action — especially with a general not used to being confronted. Obama chose to speak his mind. “You know, if I were in your shoes, I would be making the exact same argument,” he began. “Your job is to succeed in Iraq on as favorable terms as we can get. But my job as a potential Commander in Chief is to view your counsel and interests through the prism of our overall national security.” Obama talked about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the financial costs of the occupation of Iraq, the stress it was putting on the military.
A “spirited” conversation ensued, one person who was in the room told me. “It wasn’t a perfunctory recitation of talking points. They were arguing their respective positions, in a respectful way.” The other two Senators — Chuck Hagel and Jack Reed — told Petraeus they agreed with Obama. According to both Obama and Petraeus, the meeting — which lasted twice as long as the usual congressional briefing — ended agreeably. Petraeus said he understood that Obama’s perspective was, necessarily, going to be more strategic. Obama said that the timetable obviously would have to be flexible. But the Senator from Illinois had laid down his marker: if elected President, he would be in charge. Unlike George W. Bush, who had given Petraeus complete authority over the war — an unprecedented abdication of presidential responsibility (and unlike John McCain, whose hero worship of Petraeus bordered on the unseemly) — Obama would insist on a rigorous chain of command. …
Believe it or not, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for T-shirts of my “That One” designs, so I have set up a Cafe Press store so you can get your very own “That One” T-shirt. There are tons of “That One” items there, but none have the same design I did (thankfully!) 🙂
Click here to go to my store:
10% of all proceeds will go toward to the Obama-Biden campaign. After the election, those proceeds will go toward various causes. I’ll have more products to sell in the near future.. so watch for more goodies! Thanks for your interest!
I’m not very shy in my support for Barack Obama. I’ve discussed on the pages of this blog and on other blogs how I chose to support him for the Democratic nomination, and was (initially) chided and even derided for my choice because of his spotty public support for gay-related issues.
Truth be told, it has been rather hard to pinpoint Obama’s views on some of the more “hot-button” issues. He hasn’t done interviews with the gay press, save for an appearance on Logo’s Democratic debate; and the mentions he has made have been vague, at best.
Still, I sensed a truer honesty coming from Obama, rather than the “Rah-Rah, I’m in your corner” tactic used by Hillary Clinton. To me, her overly vocal support borders on pandering. It’s almost TOO much. I certainly appreciate her support, and recognize that she has done good things in her time as a Senator, but really, saying things like “I want to be first U.S. president to march in gay pride parade” just seems a bit forced to me.
Obama, however, has a more honest approach. While he doesn’t believe that gay marriage is the answer, he supports civil unions. He supports equality in terms of benefits for partners of gay people. He supports the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and gives very good reasons why it should be repealed. To me, his views and beliefs seem much more realistic and doable than those of his opponent. As a gay person, I expect the Democratic candidate to represent me, but I also expect him or her to be realistic about what they can do. A president can have all the great ideas in the world, but the president doesn’t make all the end decisions– despite what Bush may want us to believe. Obama is thinking about this, and knows what can pass and what can’t. Rather than make empty promises, he’s giving realistic promises. I like that.
Obama sat down for an interview with The Advocate recently, where he discusses these issues and many more. That interview was published today on their website. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth a look.