But What Did He Do?

Barack Obama often quibbles with those who say his career in public life is short and his accomplishments slight. He frequently points to his time as a community organizer. But not even the New York Times can find evidence that he accomplished much in that job. The Times reports:

In recent days, Mr. Obama has imbued those years with even greater significance, invoking them last week as inspiration for his plan to deliver social services through religious organizations. He told a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church on Saturday that as a community organizer he “let Jesus Christ into my life” and “I dedicated myself to discovering his truth and carrying out his works.” It is clear that the benefit of those years to Mr. Obama dwarfs what he accomplished. Mr. Kellman said that Mr. Obama had built the organization’s following among needy residents and black ministers, but “on issues, we made very little progress, nothing that would change poverty on the South Side of Chicago.”

In short, this experience made good material for his book (a third of the pages are devoted to this period in his life) but he didn’t do much. (Other than try to grab credit for a neighborhood effort on asbestos testing in public housing.)

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But What Did He Do?

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