"We didn't come here to fear the future. We came here to shape it".
That's a good definition of what politics should be all about, and a perfect punchline for a speech on reforms.
So forget about "fear politics" and embrace "shape politics". Fitter, smarter, trendier, evolutive, creative... what else is in a word ?
Images, maybe. The shape of John McCain's nervous rictus as he was reminded how much he shared with his friend Ted Kennedy on health care. The shape of Nancy Pelosi's nervous smile as she tried to stand up at the right moments to get a few claps from the public option loving liberal part of the audience.
And the audience was tense, alright. The man in charge was telling them : It's not about me, Barack Hussein Obama, it's about you. I can run the country, but YOU can't hide. I'm doing my job, just do yours.
And oh. I'm keeping my eye on the ball : "we reject as false the choice between our social security and our ideals"
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