But this paragraph captures my disquiet about Barack Obama.
Attempting to discern true meaning from Obama's speeches gives one the feeling of having been trapped in a sort of verbal quicksand. Hair-pulling levels of frustration await any effort to find any specific meaning. A sensation of lethargic sinking into an abyss of abstract gibberish awaits the mind looking for specifics..
A couple of months ago a British commentator remarked that if Obama became US president, it would be a presidency of style rather than substance.
A British commentator (I can't remember if it was the same one) said exactly the same about Jacob Zuma.
Zuma attracted support from a conglomeration of disparate interests who were dissatisfied with the status quo, and that made Zuma "electable". And the same thing seems to be happening with Obama.
But if either becomes president, which of their supporters' interests will prevail. Change can be for the better, or for the worse, but which way will it go?
All one sees on TV are soundbites with empty slogans.
Cosatu supported Jacob Zuma, but will Jacob Zuma support Cosatu?
Hat-tip to Small Dead Animals.