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Obama's style and substance

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20 November 2008 09:30

President-elect Barack Obama has recorded two video appearances in the last few days that are worth a click.

His first post-election interview on 60 Minutes is enjoyable because it points to a future when it will be a pleasure to listen to the president of the United States. I know it’s old hat to complain about George W Bush’s lack of verbal fluency. But I did enjoy the unfamiliar experience of observing a presidential figure construct a complicated argument, talk about important issues without falling back on buzz words, and drop in some genuine humour, as Obama did with his self-deprecating reference to Harold’s Chicken Shop. This truly is a change we need.

Obama’s remarks to US governors on climate change were impressive for a different reason. Washington chatter holds that America’s economic problems will prevent it from taking major action on climate change. Obama’s comments leave a different impression. They are certainly worlds away from the macabre dance of climate change denial, skepticism and finally delay performed by the Bush Administration.

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