Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:32 PM
applegrove (68,418 posts)
I hope Obama does better telling the narrative of his administration
this term. As he said himself, he didn't pay attention to the people's narrative so much in his first 4 years. People need narratives. As babies they were the first stories we understood: the narrative of our family. As we individuated we developed the narrative of our own identity. Religion depends on narratives. So does political affiliation. And the GOP has been better at spinning narratives, littered with many untruths, to capture the hearts of their followers. Obama told a great story during the election: an america, more diversified than ever, waking up after a crash caused by rich risk takers, and refocusing on the needs of the middle class and the basics. An america technologically taking on the challenges of the future with confidence. I hope he tells this story from the get-go this term. A good narrative makes us feel we belong and makes us feel safe. It defines our relationship with the world. It is our touchstone, our reality. Psychopaths, and other users in the GOP, see the lack of a strong narrative as a chance to distort and destroy reality. To deminish our narratives, the manipulators will attack or make fun of the actions described in our narratives (like swiftboating Kerry's military service) and/or try to destroy the emotionally most powerfull words we use to tell our story (how the GOP destroyed the word liberal). They can then insert their own false narrative. Why they are attacking Susan Rice in order to get control of foreign policy again.
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I hope Obama does better telling the narrative of his administration (Original post)
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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:35 PM
democrattotheend (7,445 posts)
1. Well said
In his first term, President Obama did a pretty good job of governing but a lousy job of convincing people he was doing a good job. He needs a better press shop, for one thing.