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my own personal barack attack, or why you should workshop your paper at the local pub

The junior faculty here at IU soc has a habit of workshopping papers over beer and chips at Nick’s English Hut. We’re discussing my latest paper on antiwar organizations and my cell phone goes off. My beloved Liz tells me that the Obamanator is in Bloomington and heading toward Nick’s pub. After seeing a photographer run through the pub, I figured the Holy One is here. So I go downstairs and it’s a mad house. Reporters, bar flies and all sorts of riff raff. Then a security type guys tells me I have to sit down. I do and then the Coolest Law Prof Ever shakes my hand:

Yes, that’s right – he shook my hand while I took his photo! I should’ve asked him to autograph my working paper, but the thought didn’t cross my mind at the time.

Concluding ethnographic note: There seems to be a world of difference between an Obama and a Hillary appearance. When I saw the Hill speak near the UoC a few years back, a small and deferrent crowd came out. But today, it was if a combined Jesus-Buddha showed up. He hugged a customer and she  told her freinds it was like she was now a celebrity herself. The hug transformed her. I kinda doubt that happens at the average Hillary event. 

Written by fabiorojas

April 12, 2008 at 12:17 am

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  1. After that report we have to completely discount all of your “objective” analysis of the election.

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    tf

    April 12, 2008 at 1:27 am

  2. Just ‘cuz I’m having his baby now?

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    fabiorojas

    April 12, 2008 at 1:41 am

  3. I bet His handshake by itself pushed your nerd score down into negative numbers, and now you’re sorry.

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    Kieran

    April 12, 2008 at 2:06 am

  4. You saying a nerd can’t be an Obamanaut?

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    fabiorojas

    April 12, 2008 at 2:32 am

  5. Weber on charisma says No.

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    Kieran

    April 12, 2008 at 2:39 am

  6. Look, Kieran. There isn’t one orgtheory for nerds and one orgtheory for Obama. There’s only one orgtheory!!

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    fabiorojas

    April 12, 2008 at 2:42 am

  7. Orgtheory says to touch the hem of the charismatic leader is to have some of his charisma imparted unto you, which inevitably must decrease your nerd score.

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    Kieran

    April 12, 2008 at 2:43 am

  8. Kieran, then I will count on your vote for orgtheory president.

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    fabiorojas

    April 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

  9. I was on the sidewalk across from Nick’s when through the next-doors of Steve & Barry’s Obama emerged to shouts and applause. Watching him followed by the crowd — a placid and orderly, yet determined crowd — reminded me of something the writer Ellen Gilchrist had said about a similarly charismatic man: “To know [him] then was to see how Jesus got his followers.” I’ve seen Hollywood & Washington, DC celebrities in public, but never have I seen anything like what happened around Obama today. It was sublime.

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    elizp

    April 12, 2008 at 4:47 am

  10. Hobbesian

    April 12, 2008 at 6:48 pm

  11. Did He touch your paper?

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    typewritten

    April 13, 2008 at 12:52 pm

  12. Sadly no relic was created…

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    Fabio Rojas

    April 13, 2008 at 9:13 pm

  13. Have you washed your hand yet?

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    Omar

    April 14, 2008 at 11:33 am

  14. Hobbesian: Dude, you gotta give me credit for all the stuff I got right!

    Omar: No, my hand is vaccum sealed now. Forever.

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    fabiorojas

    April 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm

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