Blogosphere dictates some required Obama reading

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When I start to see things appear on at least two of the several blogs that I’m subscribed to, I get a sense that they might turn into a big deal.

That “thing” today is this profile piece in Time Magazine about Barack Obama’s late mother.  Here’s the pull quote of particular interest:

Obama is his mother’s son. In his wide-open rhetoric about what can be instead of what was, you see a hint of his mother’s credulity. When Obama gets donations from people who have never believed in politics before, they’re responding to his ability—passed down from his mother—to make a powerful argument (that happens to be very liberal) without using a trace of ideology. On a good day, when he figures out how to move a crowd of thousands of people very different from himself, it has something to do with having had a parent who gazed at different cultures the way other people study gems.

It turns out that Obama’s nascent career peddling hope is a family business. He inherited it. And while it is true that he has not been profoundly tested, he was raised by someone who was.

I suppose it tells you something about where Obama comes from.

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