From some recent reading I've been doing, I wonder who actually pays attention to Obama. People who appear to have voted for him don't seem to know some things I consider common knowledge. For example, people are called racist for saying that Obama benefited from affirmative action. It's suggested that they're lying for saying so. But Obama himself said it. On the other hand, people who didn't vote for him might not have the incentive to listen that closely to what he says - but I actually do pay attention to him even though I don't like him much and sometimes joke about wishing there was an Ignore button for him. (Had a favorable impression of him when he first hit the national scene in 2004, and like that he seems to be a good father, but strongly dislike most of what I've learned about him since 2007.) So, do you actually pay attention to Obama? If you're a cheerleader for him, do you cheer mostly on principle, or do you study what he says first? If you're "against everything he stands for", are you against it because you assumed it was bull, or do you study what he says first? If you're in the middle, are you there because you're a cynic in general or because you listen to him and still can't decide. ... or sumpin like that. Just throwing things out. Not trying to capture every possible direction people might be coming from. Do you listen to his speeches? Have you read his autobiographies? Do you know which he did first - community organizer or law school? Do you know his record as a politician in Illinois? Do you know his record in the U.S. Senate? Etc. If none of the above, do you still dive in and talk about him?