Our need for a national story, a one-size-fits-all number, is an impediment to dealing with very real issues that affect us.
But Gray still believes the Fenty camp set out to portray him as supportive of the teachers union and an impediment to change.
The problem, of course, is that democracy can itself become an impediment to peace.
impediment im·ped·i·ment (ĭm-pěd'ə-mənt)
Something that impedes; a hindrance or an obstruction.
An organic defect preventing clear articulation of speech.