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January 31, 2008

One reason why Obama is so appealing-He’s Romantic

Filed under: Election — mikeyc252 @ 9:28 pm

Barack Obama is a modern-day Romantic. The biggest characteristic of Romanticism is emotion and imagination over intellect. When you hear Obama speak you can’t help but feel incredibly moved and supportive of him. This is because he appeals to voter emotion more than logic. He realizes that voters want an honest-looking person they can trust. His platform comes second.

He makes people feel good that they’re supporting him. They can make a difference, if they vote for him. “But on this January night – at this defining moment in history – you have done what the cynics said we couldn’t do.”

His biggest advantage in the race isn’t “experience” or “family values” it’s his personification  of change. People trust him regardless of his position because he’s so likable and polite. He stirs emotions with his idealistic speeches, instead of cold hard debating. “I’ll be a President who finally makes health care affordable and available to every single American the same way I expanded health care in Illinois – by bringing Democrats and Republicans together to get the job done. I’ll be a President who ends the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and put a middle-class tax cut into the pockets of the working Americans who deserve it.”

Obama also represents the Romantic quality of revolting against the old order. He represents a rebellion against corrupt, old, disliked politicians. He promises to change politics and this country. He has tapped the growing discontent of the public and is giving them exactly what they want to hear. “I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists – and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not get a job in my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.”

Barack Obama stresses the importance of individuals. He operates on individual donations and reaches to voters, not corporations. He constantly thanks the American people and refers to “we” accomplishing things in his campaign. He believes each person can have a huge impact. “You said the time has come to move beyond the bitterness and pettiness and anger that’s consumed Washington; to end the political strategy that’s been all about division and instead make it about addition – to build a coalition for change that stretches through Red States and Blue States.”

Obama is very idealistic. He believes that as President, he can change many things wrong with this country. He believes that corruption and apathy can be cured in the country. He believes every vote truly counts and that the people can change the policy and laws of this country if they unite behind a cause. “This was the moment when the improbable beat what Washington always said was inevitable. This was the moment when we tore down barriers that have divided us for too long – when we rallied people of all parties and ages to a common cause; when we finally gave Americans who’d never participated in politics a reason to stand up and to do so.”

Barack Obama focuses on the common man. He appeals to nonvoters, those with little influence or uninvolved with politics. He appears to be an enemy to corporations and DC lobbyists and corrupt politicians. “You’ve earned the role you play in our democracy because no one takes it more seriously. And I believe that’s true this year more than ever because, like me, you feel that same sense of urgency.”

Obama uses very simple speech while talking to crowds. He generalizes while talking to avoid alienating people. He uses common phrases easy to understand without using political jargon. Barack Obama uses Romantic techniques of appealing to emotion and the common man and revolting against the old political order to appeal to the growing American discontentment with how this country has been run and what political culture has become. And that’s why people like him. Romantic is just another name for inspiring. The change in political atmosphere is very similar to the change from Neoclassicism to Romanticism.


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