Hello Everyone,

Within minutes of sending #75 yesterday, a friend of mine, who is a writer and was managing editor of one of the country’s oldest and most thoughtful magazines, sent me a piece that appeared two days ago in New York magazine. It is entitled “The Case of Obama: Why He is a Great President. Yes, Great.” (See Attachment 1.)

Jonathan Chait makes a much better case for President Obama than I can. I share some of his history and agree with virtually all of his observations. Here’s one sample:

I decided to support Barack Obama pretty early in the Democratic primary, around spring of 2007.

…I have never felt even a bit of the crushing sense of disappointment that at various times has enveloped so many Obama voters. I supported Obama because I judged him to have a keep analytical mind, grasping both the possibilities and the limits of activist government, and possessed of excellent communicative talents. I thought he would nudge government policy in an incrementally better direction. I consider his presidency an overwhelming success…

What can be said without equivocation is that Obama has proven himself morally, intellectually, temperamentally, and strategically. In my lifetime, or my parent’s, he is easily the best president. On his own terms, and not merely as a contrast to an unacceptable alternative, he overwhelmingly deserves reelection.

Some of you remember that for years I have said I support Barack Obama because of his “intellect, temperament, and worldview.”

As my long-time readers know, I have long admired David Brooks for the sheer quality of his thinking and writing and for his restraint. So, I have often cited his work. I now have the honor of serving with him on the University of Chicago Board of Trustees, which he joined this year. I was with him at a board meeting yesterday. His piece entitled, “What Moderation Means,” was published on Oct. 25. It is a perfect complement to Chait’s article. I think it better describes President Obama than Gov. Romney who lately has tried to portray himself as a Massachusetts Moderate rather than the “severely conservative” candidate he portrayed himself to be during the Republican primary. (See Attachment 2.)

Both of these articles offer additional reasons for reelecting President Obama, and, again, I think he will be.

Please, as always, pass it on. And, remember that previous Obamagrams are stored on www.obamagrams.com

Chuck

 

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