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Diplomat

Obama just comes alive in the interactive discussions and Q&A.

 

He has the uncanny ability to represent both sides of seemingly intractable impasses – from gun control to racism to criminal justice– thereby evoking a depolarizing empathy and newfound hope for change.

 

I wondered if my perception was somehow limited to those who affiliate with Obama’s personal perspective on the issues. I recognized a couple lifelong Republicans at this Silicon Valley gathering, and was surprised that through this encounter, they are going to vote for a Democrat for the first time.

 

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Taken on April 5, 2008