Barack Obama: in his own words
We've posted audio clips from Barack Obama's interview with Monitor editors and reporters here. [News coverage of the interview here.]
UPDATE: From today's Monitor editorial: "Obama met for nearly two hours Tuesday with the Monitor's editorial board. That meeting cleared up any question of whether the 46-year-old senator was a man of substance. He is."
Incidentally, in the book review referenced in this exchange, Maureen Dowd's quip -- "Stevenson is stuck on the same mental pedestal that Barack Obama is on — 'split between his desire to win and his desire to live up to the noble image of himself.' " -- can be found here.
Regarding Obama's style, a mix of perspectives here, here and here.