Thursday, November 6, 2008

How Did He Do It?

Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope...

...At a moment of obvious peril, America decided to place its fate in the hands of a man who had been born to an idealistic white teenage mother and the charismatic African grad student who abandoned them — a man who grew up without money, talked his way into good schools, worked his way up through the pitiless world of Chicago politics to the U.S. Senate and now the White House in a stunningly short period. That achievement, compared with those of the Bushes or the Kennedys or the Roosevelts or the Adamses or any of the other American princes who were born into power or bred to it, represents such a radical departure from the norm that it finally brings meaning to the promise taught from kindergarten: "Anyone can grow up to be President."...

McCain sees change as reforming the system; Obama talks about rebuilding it from the ground up.

Read the entire text:
Nancy Gibbs (TIME Magazine): How Obama Rewrote the Book

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