Barack Obama has rare instinct
for consensus, says ex-aide
Nov 3 (IANS) If Barack Obama wins Tuesday's presidential election,
the world will see the United States in a very different light
because of his ability to be inclusive and form a consensus,
a former close aide has said. It may also herald the debut
of dal on the White House menu, he added.
has the rare ability to cut to the heart of issues very quickly
and make decisions that synthesize the various views on the
table. It is really something to behold. It is not an instinct
everybody has," said New Delhi-born Raja Krishnamoorthi,
who was the policy director in Obama's campaign for the US
who, like Obama, attended Harvard Law School, is now the deputy
treasurer in the Illinois State Treasurer's office.
has been a friend of Obama for the last 10 years. "President
Obama will not be different as a human being from what he
was as an Illinois senator. He has always had the best interest
of the common people at heart and I can personally vouch for
the fact that he will work tirelessly to that end," Krishnamoorthi
told IANS in an interview.
described Obama as "very cool and calm. He engages with
the substance of any issue at hand. He carefully thinks about
issues and deliberates in an open and inclusive way. He wants
his advisers to give as much input as possible.
has wide exposure to international issues and other cultures
from a very early age. Today, when America is seen abroad
as being belligerent, his style will be a tonic."
inspires loyalty. People want to work for him," said
Krishnamoorthi, adding that for family reasons, he had to
turn down Obama's offer of a job in his Washington office
after Obama's election to the US Senate.
refuted the criticism that Obama, as a former professor, is
not tough enough to hold the highest office in the land. "He
has had his training in the rough and tumble of Chicago politics,
where it is a blood sport. Although he advances progressive
principles, he is very much a pragmatist."
of Obama's teachers at Harvard was my thesis adviser. She
once mentioned to me that he was the best law student she
ever had. He has left a mark on the professors there. Some
of them are not surprised that he could very well be the next
president of the United States," Krishnamoorthi said.
attended Princeton before going to Harvard and worked as partner
in a law firm before joining the Illinois State Treasurer's
is convinced that an Obama presidency will change more than
the foreign policy at the White House. "I would not be
surprised if dal makes its debut on the White House menu,"
he said, as Obama likes Indian food.