Two powerful endorsements of Barack Obama today.
Toni Morrison's is typically eloquent, pinpointing Obama's potential to be a hugely uniting figure through his rejection of simplistic political categorisations and political combativeness:
When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his country's citizens as "we," not "they"? Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?
Ted Kennedy reinforces it:
"With Barack Obama, we will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion. With Barack Obama we will close the book on the old politics of race against race, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, and straight against gay."
US conservatives understand the power of Obama:
And unlike Clinton and especially Edwards, the Obama message is about unity, not divisions; and hopes rather than grievances.
Obama puts the glaring inadequacies of our political leadership into sharp focus: "Unity not divisions; and hopes rather than grievances."
Our leadership, despite the cynical attempt to steal some of Obama's glow, pales in comparison. It represents everything Obama rejects: Divisons not unity; and grievances not hopes.
It worked for them, no doubt. It won't serve us well as a community however.