Why Obama Quit Community Organizing

Time will tell, as it always does, whether the Rudy/Palin jabs at Obama’s community organizing were, as I believe, a barb too far, but in the meantime, John Judis pens an intriguing piece about O’s comm-org days. Key graph:

In truth, however, if you examine carefully how Obama conducted himself as an organizer and how he has conducted himself as a politician, if you consider what he said about organizing to his fellow organizers, and if you look at the reasons he gave friends and colleagues for abandoning organizing, then a very different picture emerges: that of a disillusioned activist who fashioned his political identity not as an extension of community organizing but as a wholesale rejection of it. Indeed, the most important thing to know about Barack Obama’s time as a community organizer in Chicago may not be what he gained from the experience–but rather why, in late 1987, he decided to quit.

The full piece is here.

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