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“He was constantly thinking about his path to significance and power,” Mike Kruglik told me. “He said, ‘I need to go there [Harvard Law School] to find out more about power. How do powerful people think? What kind of networks do they have? How do they connect to each other?’ So much for higher learning! To h*ll with the Constitution!
When he left for law school, Obama wondered what he had accomplished as an organizer. He certainly had some achievements, but he did not – perhaps could not – concede that there might be something wrong with his approach to Chicago’s problems. Instead of questioning his own premises, he concluded that he simply needed more power to get the job done. So he made plans to run for political office. And in each successive office, he has concluded that he did not have enough power to get the job done, so now he is running for the most powerful office in the land.
And what if he gets it? He’ll be the biggest, strongest organizer in the world. He’ll dazzle the country with his message of hope and possibility. But we shouldn’t expect much to actually get done.
Refresh app creates background dossiers
Bhavin Shah, a software engineer, visited Kabul, Afghanistan, with then-Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson in 2004. He was there to provide technology to educate women on prenatal health.
It was on this trip that Shah learned what a dossier was. He saw Thompson being given a briefing binder full of background information on people he would be meeting with, summaries of his previous meetings, and details on the subjects to be discussed. The dossier was designed to make the meetings more effective and help him better engage with the participants, who included foreign leaders and U.S. military personnel.
The binder also included topics of conversation, such as the names of the person’s children and the colleges attended. Of course, this is nothing new; the practice goes back thousands of years, when an aide to Caesar would whisper background information on a person the ruler was about to meet.