Monday, July 21, 2008

Obama's Campaign Foreshadowed in 1972 Film

I'm blogging from the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol at this week's "Screen on the Green" event, where I'm watching "The Candidate," a superb movie starring Robert Redford as
an idealistic guy running for Senate in California, torn between being true to himself and letting the consultants market him. It's uncanny how much candidate Redford's message and speech cadence sounds like Obama. Redford's character promises to fight against the special interests and even says "It's not about black versus white, rich versus poor." Redford's much older opponent also bears a more than passing resemblance to McCain. Redford, by the way, wins the race.

1 comment:

Ken Houghton said...

Yes. And, iirc, the film closes with him saying, "What do we do now?"