Thursday, February 21, 2008

TangObama: Shall We Dance ?The Play

Background music in sotto voce:
If you can’t inspire people, you’ll end up in gridlock."
'What we shouldn't be spending time doing is tearing each other down. We should be spending time lifting the country up.''
“I do think that words are important and words matter”
“but actions speak louder than words"

8:59 p.m. | Turning Up the Heat: Given the chance to take a whack at each other, they finally do, though its very gently, almost in subtext. Mrs. Clinton says that from the first 45 minutes of the debate, you can tell that she and Mr. Obama have a lot in common.
But she does bring up the moment from the other day when one of his supporters could not name any legislative achievement by Mr. Obama.

Mr. Obama lists several things he’s done and adds that “there is a fundamental difference in terms of how change comes about.”
Obama said this is an area where they “almost entirely agree”.
He doesn’t say it explicitly. He smiles and simply notes that he and Mrs. Clinton “may have a slight difference” on these issues, but he’ll come back to that after she has her say.
What moment of crisis has tested you the most?
Mr. Obama answers broadly, saying that in his youth, he made mistakes and was “off course” but learned to take responsibility for my own actions. Mrs. Clinton pauses and surprises here, actually responding with a reference to the crisis that certainly sprang to our mind:
“Everybody here knows I’ve lived through some crises and some challenging moments in my life.” She then offers a lengthy, slightly maudlin peroration on the idea that whatever problems she has faced, they pale in comparison to what other people go through.
And then in the final surprise of the night, she reaches over
to shake hands with Mr. Obama and says she is honored to be here with him.
And the crowd goes wild.
It ends on that note.

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