How Obama's Grandma Visit Could Help Him

Humanizing move could warm ex-prof's 'aloof' image
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 21, 2008 9:02 AM CDT
Obama's absence from the trail could give surrogates like Hillary Clinton a chance to shine.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – Is it risky for Barack Obama to step off the trail so close to the election? No, writes Carl Lavin in Forbes, and here’s why: first, the move humanizes the former law professor, showcasing his “compelling family story.” Second, opponents can’t really attack a guy who’s visiting his sick grandmother without it backfiring. And finally, Obama’s able surrogates—Michelle, Joe Biden, and the Clintons—will get a chance to shine.