The Obama Charisma

Two new items give fascinating insight into the depth of support that Barack Obama inspires. Robert Bellah in Commonweal writes of the way Obama has reignited “the theological virtue of hope” in America’s possibilities. Frank Rich in the New York Times offers a more secular rendering of how Obama’s authentic patriotism drives his popularity. Far […]

Two new items give fascinating insight into the depth of support that Barack Obama inspires. Robert Bellah in Commonweal writes of the way Obama has reignited “the theological virtue of hope” in America’s possibilities. Frank Rich in the New York Times offers a more secular rendering of how Obama’s authentic patriotism drives his popularity. Far beyond “the vision thing,” this ability to cross the boundary between spiritual and secular progressives and moderates may be what makes Obama the most promising of the Democratic candidates.