Thursday, January 17, 2008

Obama's quote

I can't imagine any statement by any of the candidates will be as big a put down or as full of meaning as Obama's yesterday (youtube video, transcript from NRO).
I don't want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of what's different are the times.I do think that for example the 1980 was different. I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like with all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and government had grown and grown but there wasn't much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think people, he just tapped into what people were already feeling, which was we want clarity we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.
He puts down Bill Clinton while praising Ronald Reagan. At the same time, he's letting us know that he's not a politician 'of the 60s & 70s', which (by implication) Hillary is. "All the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s …" - wow. Has he just lost the boomer vote?