Obama and McCain are telling us Americans that our normal lives are not good enough, that pursuing our own happiness is "self-indulgence," that building a business is "chasing after our money culture," that working to provide a better life for our families is a "narrow concern."
They're wrong. Every human life counts. Your life counts. You have a right to live it as you choose, to follow your bliss.
(1) It's actually not clear from the proffered quotes that both candidates really are 'collectivists' as opposed to anti-egoists who think that we should care about other individuals' interests besides our own. Only McCain speaks of "a national purpose that is greater than our individual interests [plural]." I don't see anything in Obama's remarks that is inconsistent with a utilitarian's concern for all individuals
(2) "Every human life counts." What ridiculous rhetoric. Does Boaz seriously believe that Obama disagrees? Indeed, wouldn't this support his anti-egoism, if anything? (It's not just oneself that matters, but everyone else too.)
(3) How is it that so many libertarians seem incapable of recognizing the basic conceptual distinction between individualism and egoism?