[20180703] 奧巴馬希望選民不要期待救世主

Obama: ‘You are right to be concerned’

By Edward-Issac Dovere @Politico

幾個月沒有在大衆面前出現的美國前總統奧巴馬 (Barrack Obama) 最近出席了民主黨加州的一個募款活動,面對黨內和支持者希望他出來領導大家的呼聲,他首先表示大家的確應該擔心目前的局勢,但要將命運掌握在自己手上,不要期待有一個救世主般的人物出現,選民若想要改變就得出去投票,政治人物也應該自行思考如何贏得選舉。他維持卸任以來的風格,不在公共場合提到川普的名字,也不討論具體川普政府的政策,只對民主黨和共和黨行事方式的差異做了評論,並提供了大方向的建議給民主黨人。

出門投票,不要將責任推給從未出現的救世主:

“Do not wait for the perfect message, don’t wait to feel a tingle in your spine because you’re expecting politicians to be so inspiring and poetic and moving that somehow, ‘OK, I’ll get off my couch after all and go spend the 15-20 minutes it takes for me to vote,’” Obama said in his first public comments in months, which only a few reporters and no cameras were allowed in for. “Because that’s part of what happened in the last election. I heard that too much.”

在競選策略上,民主黨可以像共和黨學學,共和黨從來不擔心如何激勵人心,他們只專注如何獲得選票:

On that front, Obama said, Democrats could learn from Republicans, who have continued rapidly building out their infrastructure and fundraising despite Trump’s daily pummeling of the GOP to reshape it in his image.

“They don’t worry about inspiration,” Obama said. “They worry about winning the seat and they are very systematic about work not just at the presidential level but at the congressional and state legislative levels.”

川普以及共和黨利用的是人們的恐懼心理:

“Fear is powerful,” Obama said. “Telling people that somebody’s out to get you, or somebody took your job, or somebody has it out for you, or is going to change you, or your community, or your way of life — that’s an old story and it has shown itself to be powerful in societies all around the world. It is a deliberate, systematic effort to tap into that part of our brain that carries fear in it.”

還有操弄憤怒情緒:

Obama mocked Trump and others for being among the angry: “They’re mad even when they win.”

奧巴馬希望在這方面民主黨能堅守底線,最後自然能獲得更好的結果:

“Reality has an interesting way of coming up and biting you, and the other side has been peddling a lot of stuff that is so patently untrue that you can get away with it for a while, but at a certain point, you confront reality,” he said. “The Democrats’ job is not to exaggerate; the Democrats’ job is not to simply mimic the tactics of the other side. All we have to do is work hard on behalf of that truth. And if we do, we’ll get better outcomes.”

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