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Obama as Snuffleupagus: Expect our imaginary friend to skip out on Power Shift again

Obama as Snuffleupagus: Expect our imaginary friend to skip out on Power Shift again

Obama chooses basketball over climate activists. Photo: The White House On the eve of the Power Shift 2011 climate youth conference , no one expects President Obama to show. If he did, he'd probably get booed by activists angry about his tightening embrace of the oil, coal, gas, and nuclear industries. But it was a very different story two years ago at the last Power Shift, when 10,000 young, idealistic activists filled the Washington Convention Center screaming his name on the opening night of the conference, anticipating his arrival after tantalizing hints from White House staff that he would accept an invitation to speak. After all, we were the ones who'd helped elect him, and he wouldn't want to pass up the chance to fire up so many young, idealistic activists. But what happened that night gave us a first inkling that the man we had elected on a promise to heal a "plan...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-04-14-powe-shift-2011-...

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