Nový Obama

NEW YORK – Po druhé debatě mezi americkým prezidentem Barackem Obamou a jeho republikánským vyzývatelem Mittem Romneym skandovali Obamovi příznivci téměř unisono: „Je zpátky!“ Malátný, jalový a nevýrazný řečník z první debaty byl tatam a místo něj se znovu objevila ona impozantní a milovaná postava z vítězné kampaně z roku 2008. Jak to vyjádřil komentátor Andrew Sullivan: „Viděl jsem člověka, jakého jsem viděl poprvé… Viděl jsem prezidenta, jakého jsem si myslel, že znám.“

Z mého pohledu se však starý Obama nevrátil. Místo něj se objevil Obama nový. Starý Obama byl mladistvý, okouzlující, elegantní a plný naděje. Jeho chování bylo rázné, a přesto bezstarostné. Jeho rétorika šplhala k výšinám. A jeho úsměv dokázal rozsvítit stadion.

Obama, který byl k vidění ve druhé – a ve třetí – debatě, byl tvrdší, chladnější, smutnější a sklíčenější. Kolem úst měl napjaté vrásky. Jeho projev byl úsečný, jako by byl neustále pod přísnou kontrolou. Jeho rétorika nešplhala k výšinám, ani nemohla. Jeho úsměv byl vzácný a sevřený.

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