A Deliberative Mind

Sorry for taking some time to link this, I was looking for video of decent quality. I've told you guys before that I'm not the one to be leading any sort of discussion on the Israeli/Palestinian beef, so let me just speak as an ordinary citizen and voter. This interview makes me really, really glad Obama won. I won't know the ends and outs of all of his policy decisions, but what I see here is a man who will think and rethink about those decisions, who is nuanced, and capable of walking and chewing gum

One other point before we roll tape. I think the most important thing that comes across here is Obama's willingness to listen and be respectful of folk. People aren't robots programmed by a few policy points. A little respect goes a long, long way. It opens people up to points that they may not have been willing to be open to before. It clears the way for true dialouge.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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