Obama in His Own Words: 2004 Oprah Interview Revisited

The story's the thing. Recently Barack Obama told Charlie Rose that his biggest mistake thus far was not engaging the American people with stories.  Conservatives may have laughed, but the president was dead serious. Storytelling took Obama all the way to the White House; now it needs to win him re-election. When the state senator from Illinois addressed his fellow Democrats at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he couldn't have been clearer about the importance of the "story." In his speech, Obama employed what T.S. Eliot calls the "mythical method."  The future presidential candidate, under the guiding hand of David Axelrod, paralleled his contemporary tale of race transcendence with the epic struggle of America's quest for liberty. I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in no other country on earth is my...(Read Full Article)

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