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Monday, November 30, 2009

7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told

From Politico:

Presidential politics is about storytelling. Presented with a vivid storyline,
voters naturally tend to fit every new event or piece of information into a
picture that is already neatly framed in their minds....No one understands this
better than Barack Obama and his team, who won
the 2008 election
in part because they were better storytellers than the
opposition. The pro-Obama narrative featured an almost mystically talented young
idealist who stood for change in a disciplined and thoughtful way. This easily
outpowered the anti-Obama narrative, featuring an opportunistic Chicago pol with
dubious relationships who was more liberal than he was letting on.
A year
into his presidency, however, Obama’s gift for controlling his image shows signs
of faltering. As Washington returns to work from the Thanksgiving holiday, there
are several anti-Obama storylines gaining momentum. ...The Obama White House argues
that all of these storylines
are inaccurate or unfair. In some cases these
anti-Obama narratives are fanned by Republicans, in some cases by reporters and
commentators....But they all are serious threats to Obama, if they gain enough
currency to become the dominant frame through which people interpret the
president’s actions and motives.

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