It’s in Obama’s voice
When testing out my brand-new, diminutive MP3 player (after finally figuring out how to turn it on), plugging in the earbuds and pre-setting the tuner to NPR, I was instantly transported to a political rally in Iowa and another dimension in time.
Think FDR. Think JFK. Think Jesse Jackson. Think Bill Clinton.
Splendid oratory and spontaneous thought, crisply articulated vowels and consonants: Barack Obama’s voice had that indefinable quality of eloquence.
The consummate politician? Yes, perhaps.
But here’s a man who can string together words in a way that can bring people to their feet. Who can inspire people to ask, “What can I do for my country?”
I couldn’t help but hear plaintive refrains of the ’pop song “It’s In His Kiss” in my head.
And then it struck me that a large part of Obama’s charismatic appeal is in his voice.
It was that same cadent and mesmerizing sound that stirred my senses upon witnessing Obama’s rising star at the 2004 Democratic national convention, causing me to turn to my teenage daughter and proclaim, “You’re looking at the next president of the United States.”
The intelligent and eloquent prose of an educated man urging one to feel, for one brief shining Camelot moment, hope for the future.
Newspaper failed King’s vision
I can’t for the life of me understand why, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the front page of Centre Daily Times was consumed by an article about Mustang horses instead of the many celebrations of the holiday going on in this area.
With an editorial about the trivializations and comments in the presidential race and the conclusion that America has strayed farther away from King’s vision, it’s shameful that our local paper did not do anything to help King’s dream remain a reality.
We should set an example for our children and remind them of how one man could make so many changes using the power of the First Amendment and nonviolent protest.
Better uses for the money
The money the presidential candidates have raised — led by Hillary Clinton, wife of the president in one of our most scandal-ridden administrations, in which she was a part — if they were really interested in helping the poor, could be put to better use.
My wife and I are 73, and we are trying to keep up with rising prices. Fuel oil and gas prices are driving up the cost of food and everything else delivered by trucks.
The people are asked to give to everything — the United Way, the Heart Association, to help veterans. I just received five letters in one day from organizations that want money.
These candidates could put their B.S. in newspapers and not spend money running all over and on TV ads for a year before the election.
I’m sick of it already.
And tobacco — the big deal now is to stop people from smoking. We still pay tobacco farmers subsidies, and if everyone stopped using tobacco, who is going to make up the tax money that comes from tobacco?
Our leaders don’t have enough money now. They can’t fix bridges in the state or do other things that need to be done. By the way, I don’t use tobacco.
John E. Hanselman