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Obama's Lake Placid Moment


I had to watch the Obama speech twice to be sure: But at a moment
early in his oration, his crowd responded by shouting, “USA! USA!” I’ve been slow to fall for
Obama. (After my early infatuation with Wes Clark in 2004, I’ve tried to
discipline myself to be slow to fall for all candidates.) Still, his emphasis
on the “nation”—one of his most recurrent themes—is also one of his most
appealing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a crowd of Democratic primary voters erupt
in a spontaneous display like this. It was a genuinely moving moment, and
another leading indicator of his electibility. Liberals who credibly bathe themselves
in patriotism greatly increase their chances—and, in this case, prepare themselves
well for running against John McCain.


--Frank Foer 

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