Why I'm for Obama

I think I’ve mentioned in passing that Obama is my candidate, but with Super Tuesday approaching, it’s time I came out and said so in no uncertain terms. There’s a lot of reasons why, but essentially it boils down to something Obama himself said in a speech today:

It’s not enough to say you’ll be ready from Day One — you have to be right from Day One.

I support Barack Obama for President, and if you’re voting in one of the upcoming Democratic primaries, I strongly urge you to vote for him as well.

Frankly, Hillary Clinton and Obama do not differ all that much in many aspects of their platforms and their voting records — except for one glaring difference. Obama was right about the disastrous war Bush got us into, and Hillary was not. All the experience in the world will not help you if you make the wrong choices on key issues like whether or not to go to war, and Hillary got it wrong.

And even more than that, Obama is one of those uniquely gifted leaders who can, despite how rough the last 8 years have been, make people feel good about being an America, make us feel confident about our future, and make us feel that yes, we can get this ship of state back on course.

An America with Barack Obama as its President is an America I’d very much like to see. Whether we’ll get there, I don’t know, but I’ll be doing my part next Tuesday to try to bring it about.

4 thoughts on “Why I'm for Obama”

  1. First I have to agree with you on Obama, unlike my wife who is not being a traitor to her sex.

    However to fault Hillary for her vote on the war is not reasonable. The President of the United States stood in front of the country and clearly and unequivocally stated that Iraq was buying Uranium. Collin Powell gave similar evidence at the UN. We now know that the President was knowingly lying, and I hope Powell had been deceived although I would never trust the man again.

    Given the knowledge available to the pubic at the time I would have voted for this war. Some Senators and Representatives should have had better information than that available to the public but evidence is starting to build that the truth was withheld from the Intellegence Oversight Committees as well.

    Hopefully the Republicans will lose the Presidency and enough information will survive the accidental destruction of records to prove what has happened and the Senate will vote to convict on a rare, but quite legal, ex post facto impeachment on most of this administration.

    Up to this point it was a tossup in my mind whether Carter or Hoover was the worst President, there is little question that Grant’s administration was the most corrupt, however both titles will without question now belong to the second Bush reign. Unlike Grant however, there is little question in my mind that Bush knows what his administration is doing. To much information is being disappeared.

  2. Mr. Obama is exciting a lot of people. He has intelligence and charisma. We will see if that is enough to overcome his lack of political experience.

    I think intelligence and leadership ability and the ability to inspire people is enough to overcome inexperience.

  3. I really enjoy reading your blog, it always has great insight. But I am very frustrated with the media’s lack of questions to the presidential candidates about global warming. Now that it is down to just a few candidates I would think that this would be a bigger issue.

    Live Earth just picked up this topic and put out an article ( http://www.liveearth.org/news.php ) asking why the presidential candidates are not being solicited for their stance on the issue of the climate change. I just saw an article describing each candidate’s stance on global warming and climate change on earthlab.com http://www.earthlab.com/articles/PresidentialCandidates.aspx . So obviously they care about it. Is it the Medias fault for not asking the right questions or is it the candidates’ fault for not highlighting the right platforms? Does anyone know of other websites or articles that touch on this subject and candidates’ views? This is the biggest problem of the century and for generations to come…you would think the next president of the United States would be more vocal about it.

  4. I will not vote for any current office holder in this election. While they have been chasing the nomination, they have betrayed the people who elected them to do a job. Hillary denied presidential aspirations when running in 2006 and set up a presidential exploratory committee two months after winning re-election. Barack seems to have only run for the senate for a springboard to the presidency. The number of votes he has missed in the senate is shocking. Even when notified of an impending vote, he chose to stay on the campaign trail, saying there wasn’t enough time to get back to Washington. Then there is the matter of his present votes in the Illinois legislature. I still haven’t heard a good explanation of that. Yes, he is inspirational. But we need more than that. Comparisons to Kennedy are all very nice, but Kennedy was much more than inspirational. I don’t see that in Obama.

    Sadly, my decision to not vote for any office holder leaves me with limited choices, but there are a few and I am studying them to make my choice.

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