Friday 6 June 2008

politics as theatre

Andrew Sullivan tells his fellow Atlantic blogger Marc Ambinder why it matters that Barack Obama is light years ahead of his competitors when it comes to public speaking:

'I'm a big believer that politics is about public speaking. I have a Greek understanding of where democracy comes from. It comes from the arena, and speaking in the arena, and changing people's minds in the arena. It is not actually about administration. That's government. Politics is a bigger, broader, more theatrical endeavour.'

And with YouTube, the arena just got a lot bigger.

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