Barack Has To Talk Much About His Mother

Obama 2008 has a big problem. Most of America does not know the guy. Even those who have heard of him do not know the outlines of his life story.

Health care is going to be President Obama's signature achievement.

When you put those two together, it is a no-brainer that Barack Obama needs to be talking about his mother much more than he has. Barack's mother died at the early age of 53 when she was between jobs and lacked health insurance.

The voters need a story, they need a story they can attach the Obama name to.

Bill Clinton sold his life story as much as he sold his policies in 1992, and that campaign was a classic. The story of how his father died before he was born, the story of his drunkard stepfather who fired a gun at his mother in his presence, the shot hit the wall.

You got the humanize the brilliant candidate's awesome policy stands with his life story, otherwise it comes across like you are trying to impress people with the smarts. Policy proposals become more palatable that way.

Barack Obama has a compelling, compelling life story. But he can count on the vast majority of voters not reading his autobiography.

The average voter today says, I don't know the guy. That is the ground reality.

Barack Obama is going to be a global citizen president in a globalized world. This guy is so fortunate for his diverse heritage. This guy grew up white. He is Midwest. He is what they call heartland, and I call hinterland.

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