A Few Lessons Obama Picked Up While on Vacation

Hawaii surely rejuvenated Dem for fall campaign ... but 3 tips just in case
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Aug 20, 2008 4:05 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., looks for a question as he speaks at a town hall meeting at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – What did Barack Obama do on vacation in Hawaii, beside body-surf and eat shaved ice? He learned three important lessons, John Dickerson writes in Slate, about how to handle the coming phase of the campaign:

  1. “Keep it big.” The Democrat has decided to push the “turning-point election” idea. Voters aren’t pleased with the way things are going, so he’ll stress “change vs. more of the same” even harder.

  1. "Show them how you feel." Since getting back, Obama's been trying to show he's no unfeeling, cold fish. Wage discrimination makes his "blood boil," he says, and he's looking for a running mate who's "mad right now."
  2. "Stay in McCain's face." The Democrat has been getting aggressive, painting John McCain as another President Bush and a "poll-driven Washington insider."