Well, I saw Oprah in Iowa on C-SPAN Saturday. Did y’all?
To be quite honest, she didn’t make my skin tingle. Oprah’s stump-style rhythms and inflections were a tad bit forced. And she talked the fuzzy talk of “feelings” and “inspiration.”
Obama himself didn’t rock me either. Like others among you, I think he should’ve kept his powder dry until, like, 2016.
But Sen. Obama has a first-rate campaign operation going full-tilt. And that’s cool to witness. I am impressed by everything I’ve seen on YouTube so far from Team Obama.
Two months ago, they put up this 4½-minute video... shot in a South Carolina barbershop. I don’t think we’ll be seeing Hillary Clinton hustling votes in any black barbershops any time soon. (Frankly, I’d rather not hear her do her “no-ways-tired” routine in any more black churches either.)
And if Barack Obama doesn’t seem 100 percent at ease in a black Southern barbershop, I’ll bet he’s a lot closer to it than Shelby Steele would be.