“I’m betting on you,” Obama told a rapturous audience in Derry on Sunday afternoon. “I don’t believe change comes from the top down. It comes from the bottom up.” Change will come “if you believe,” Obama declares.
“When you’ve got a working majority behind you,” he says at another point, “you can’t be stopped.” Transformation is not about policy details but about altering the political and social calculus. Obama presents himself, in one of Karl Rove’s favorite phrases, as a game-changer.