"The political debate is now so skewed, so limited, so distorted... What if a politician were to see his job as that of an organizer, as part teacher and part advocate, one who does not sell voters short but who educates them about the real choices before them? As an elected public official, for instance, I could bring church and community leaders together easier than I could as a community organizer or lawyer. We would come together to form concrete economic development strategies, take advantage of existing laws and structures, and create bridges and bonds within all sectors of the community. We must form grass-root structures that would hold me and other elected officials more accountable for their actions."
- Barack Obama, 1995.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Quote of the Day
Andrew Sullivan points to an old Obama quote to emphasize that his consensus building isn't going away anytime soon just because the Congress continues to play political games: