oasis of calm: why Obama’s aloha spirit matters

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Sure, it matters that PE Obama learned how (and when) to use his sharp elbows from “navigating the thorny terrain of Chicago politics.”

What matters more is that Obama'a mood embodies the Aloha Spirit, "a peaceful state of mind and a friendly attitude of acceptance of a variety of ideas and cultures", says Jeff Zeleny in a wonderfull Christmas Eve essay (via NYtimes).

"More than simply a laid-back vibe, many Hawaiians believe in a divine and spiritual power that provides a sustaining life energy", says Zeleny. "When Obama gets on television, the national pulse goes down about 10 points”. Why?

"He gives off a little oasis of calm", says Congressman Neil Abercrombie. "There’s no question in my mind it comes from Hawaii.”

Wot he said.

Oh, and, we’re gonna need that spirit (and that voice) in the days and months just ahead.

Published by Ken on December 26th, 2008 tagged HI-specific, Island Vulnerabilities

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