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Chan Lowe: Obama and the empathy thing


empathy.gifBarack Obama needs to learn there is more to governing than staying cool and bringing his calculator mind to bear on the weighty problems of state.

Where is that legendary charisma we saw during the campaign? The dewy-eyed youths willing to follow him to the gates of Hell, or even to Washington, D.C.? His followers are turning away in disgust, not just because he isn't following through with his more liberal promises, but because he isn't stroking them enough.

Remember that stupid poll about who you'd rather have a beer with? There's something to it, because an aloof professorial type may be able to tell you what's best for you, but only a drinking buddy can actually talk you into doing what you have to in order to achieve it.

Barack needs to connect. I don't have any specific suggestions on how to do it--he's the president, after all. He's the one who's supposed to know.

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Chan:
Obama is a puppet. A gut less manchild. He can't make a decision. He is a professional liar. He is a walking scam and he punked you.


Obama is in way over his head , in business you might get a month of blaming your problems on previous management but if you are still doing it 11 months later , you are the wrong person for the job and don't last to much longer. He has never managed or lead anything and the total failure of foreign policy and reckless policies at home will take years to correct.Good bye to a one term president , maybe Jimmy Carter will give him a job in his organization.


Hi,
I like this article but..
Can someone tell me about Barack Obama..
I know that he is a serious candidate for '08, but I would like to know where he stands on the issues. I checked his site but nowhere can I find the info. i am looking for.
so please tell me...


Chan, say it isn't so...a cartoon that is NOT looking up to Obama as the great savior you all claim him to be???

And Al, There is a simple way to sum all that up in two words....Chicago Politician. What did you expect? I, for one, am not shocked.

Hope and change....I just hope I have some change left in the bank when he leaves office.


Chan says:

Maybe it's the holiday season, but I'm feeling warm and generous toward my most loyal readers, so I thought I'd throw my friends a bone.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, Pointman!


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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