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The Obama Aesthetic

Virginia Postrel Looks at Barack's Glamour

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Barack Obama, writes Virginia Postrel at The Atlantic, "has brought glamour back to American politics—not the faux glamour-by-association of campaigning with movie stars or sailing with the Kennedys, but the real thing. The candidate himself is glamorous. Audiences project onto him the personal qualities and political positions they want in a president. They look at Obama and see their hopes and dreams." But, she adds, that glamour comes with a price: "To rely on illusions is to risk disillusionment. If Obama the dream candidate becomes Obama the real president, he'll be forced to pick sides, make compromises, and turn 'hope' and 'change' into policies some people like and some people don't."
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