Is Obama as much of a straight talker as he claims?

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Jan. 18 2008 5:59 PM

A Few Inconvenient Truths

Is Obama as much of a straight talker as he claims?

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The point is not that Obama has never taken a brave position. The issue is that as a candidate he talks about telling hard truths far more than he actually does so. To claim regularly that he's going to tell audiences what they need to hear and not what they want to hear, and then to skirt delivering on that promise consistently is, to use a favorite Obama word, audacious.