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Idealism, not leftism

Obamania may not signal a big shift to the left—but at least it is inspiring Americans again

By Robert Reich   March 2008

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Almost 40 years ago, Bill Clinton and I sailed across the Atlantic to take up residence as students at Oxford University. I recall only two things from that voyage. The first was becoming seasick and retiring to my small cabin. This was followed a few hours later by a knock on my door and the appearance of a lanky southerner bearing chicken soup. Bill Clinton didn’t say, “I feel your pain”—that phrase came years later on the campaign trail—but I was nonetheless touched by his empathy and generosity. Despite my queasy stomach,…

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