Obama Offers Inspiration; Clinton Details Action Plan
MANCHESTER, N.H., May 19 -- Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois used a commencement speech here Saturday to challenge graduates to rise above cynicism and selfishness, while in New Orleans, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York used a similar occasion to pledge a renewed federal commitment to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The speeches by the two leading candidates for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination underscored the basic differences in their campaigns:
- Obama offering words of inspiration and hope for a new politics of citizen engagement that can transform the country, and
- Clinton providing a blueprint for putting government to work to deal with the problems afflicting ordinary Americans.
Clinton: the government should work for the peopleI have to agree with Obama on this one.
Obama: the people should work for the people
I know he's very liberal (more so than Hillary), and this isn't an endorsement. In terms of broad themes, I like his direction.
How closely his governing would match his rhetoric is the big question.
I'd rather not find out, but it's worth affirming something positive when I see it.