Even though Obama doesn't represent any fundamental change, he creates an opening for a possibility of change. That's why I'm voting for him, that's why I suggest to people they vote for him. But I also suggest that Obama will not fullfill that potential for change unless he is enveloped by a social movement which is angry enough, powerful enough, insistent enough that he fill his abstract phrases about change with some real solid content.
Uttered in 2008, this is the most insightful comment about the looming Obama presidency that I've ever seen. Unfortunately, the person who said it is no longer with us. Who was it? Answer to come on Sunday -- have a nice weekend.
UPDATE: The late great progressive historian Howard Zinn said it; more on the unbearable lameness of the Obama administration, and what forward-looking people can do about it, in the days and weeks ahead.