HuffPost – The 2008 Race for President and the Search for Our Better Selves

The 2008 Race for President and the Search for Our Better Selves

by Arianna HuffingtonPosted February 4, 2008 | 06:05 PM (EST)

Watching yesterday’s Obama rally in Los Angeles featuring Oprah, Caroline Kennedy, Maria Shriver, and Michelle Obama, I was struck by a point that both Michelle Obama and Maria Shriver made but that is rarely discussed during a presidential campaign: the importance of having someone in the Oval Office who can inspire us to tap into the better angels of our nature — who can stir people to expect more of themselves than they otherwise would.

“The thing I like the best” about Obama, said Shriver, is that “he’s not about himself. He’s about us… He’s about the power of what we can do if we come together.” And she quoted from a Hopi Indian prayer: “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

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