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  •  Considering he is insulated from so much (11+ / 0-)

    of the real world (and by that I mean he isn't in the trenches being shot at, getting his hands dirty, lacking food, or money, or lacking anything at all) he can easily be out of touch with how real people live. I think this eventually happens to most individuals who achieve such rarified elite positions in power relations, no matter what their previous lives were like.

    Therefore, when a person like Malala shares with someone like Obama her real-life perspective, born of authentic experience people in high office don't see close-up, yes, it is often a perspective that definitely enlightens and informs.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 06:21:13 PM PDT

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    •  The young Iraqi woman who blogged as Riverbend (7+ / 0-)

      … during the early years of the U.S. invasion served that function for a lot of us.

      Privileged as we are, not by being president or anything grand like that, but simply by the fact that we live in the countries that get to dish out air strikes, sanctions, and invasions, rather than being on the receiving end.

      Therefore, when a person like Malala shares with someone like Obama her real-life perspective, born of authentic experience people in high office don't see close-up, yes, it is often a perspective that definitely enlightens and informs.

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

      by lotlizard on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 10:38:24 PM PDT

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