I am sure that Jimmy Carter has it right that much racism lingers in the South (and elsewhere, but these people probably did not vote for Obama in the first place. Obama has been under vicious attack by the Republicans (some of whom probably are the racists of which Carter speaks) and the media have time and time again cut off reports of his excellent speeches with trivia — some of it Republican generated (the liar comment) and other stuff by Democrats (e.g. the focus on reprimanding Wilson).

Those who actually listen to Obama’s speeches are impressed, but they are probably mainly those who agree with him in the first place. The problem which both Obama and the Democrats have is breaking through the media smoke clouds to get the facts to the general public that affect them vitally. They need not be listed in detail as they are pretty obvious ranging from our Republican generated economic crisis which needs reform to health care, let alone figuring out how to end our ‘wars’ in the Middle East which are costly both in money and lives.

Where we go from here, I honestly don’t know. But Obama is a sharp guy and perhaps he can figure a way to break through to the public consciousness. We shall see. I hope for the best and he has time and public support to do so.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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