Obama's Chance To Stand For Main Street
washingtonpost.com — Of all the critiques made of President Obama’s performance in the first debate, the most telling, I think, was leveled before the debate — 2,000 years before, more or less. The criticism came in the form of a question, but then, that’s how rabbis talk. “If I am not for myself, who shall be for me?” asked Rabbi Hillel — the first of three questions that Hillel believed humans needed to ask themselves if they were to lead decent lives. Obama’s decline in the polls suggests that Hillel was on to something. In Denver two weeks ago, the president simply did not advocate at all persuasively for himself, his achievements or his positions. It wasn’t for lack of talking points.