Obama’s Campaign ad

June 24, 2008 at 7:23 am | Posted in USA | Leave a comment

“America is a country of strong families and strong values, and my life’s been blessed by both,” said Obama, explaining that he was raised by his single mother and his grandparents. “We didn’t have much money, but they taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland where they grew up – love of country, working hard without making excuses, treating your neighbors as you’d like to be treated.”

These sentiments have been staples of presidential campaigns since the early 1800s, when candidates began touting their log-cabin roots and simple values. Only the medium has changed.

And it isn’t hard to figure out why Obama is sounding these traditional notes. He’s been called an elitist, and he wants to remind people that he didn’t come from wealth or privilege. “Working hard” is an echo of a similar refrain by Clinton, whose supporters he wants. And “without making excuses” separates him from the racial grievances of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.


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