Новый Обама

НЬЮ-ЙОРК. После второго раунда дебатов между президентом США Бараком Обамой и его соперником от партии республиканцев Миттом Ромни сторонники Обамы почти в унисон кричали: «Он вернулся!». Вялый, безэмоциональный и незаметный выступающий первого раунда дебатов исчез, и впечатляющий, всеми любимый участник победоносной кампании 2008 года вновь появился. Как выразился комментатор Эндрю Салливан: «Это был человек, которого я видел впервые… Это был президент, которого, как я думал, я знал».

На мой взгляд, тем не менее, это не старый Обама вернулся. Это появился новый Обама. Прошлый Обама был молодым, привлекательным, любезным и полным надежды. Его манера поведения была решительной, но в то же время легкой. Его речи были возвышенными. Его улыбка могла зажечь целый стадион.

Обама, появившийся во втором туре дебатов – и в третьем – был жестче, хладнокровнее, грустнее и мрачнее. Напряжение чувствовалось в изгибе его рта. Его речь была резкой, как будто он постоянно держал себя под строгим контролем. Его речь не была возвышенной, не могла быть возвышенной. Изредка появлявшаяся улыбка была зажатой.

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