Who Could Best Heal America
by coonbug, Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 04:56:33 AM EDT
To be up front and honest, I am leaning toward supporting Barack Obama for President in 2008. Why you may ask? Out of all the other candidates (Democrat and Republican), I feel he would be the best person for the job during this time in our history.
While all the candidates claim that they are the ones that can bring the country back together, Senator Obama comes off as being the one that would actually enjoy doing just that.
Why do I say that? During Sundays Democratic Debate, Senator Obama was bombarded with criticism over the lack of experience hes had. Senator Obama didn't avoid the questions; he didn't change the subject as so many politicians do, he responded instead, with a little humor, "To prepare for this debate, I rode in the bumper cars at the state fair." This one statement reminded me so much of a typical Ronald Reagan response, the kind that would always bring a smile to our enemies face.
Contesting the idea that he's not ready to be president, he used facts, he said: "Nobody had more experience than Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney and many of the people on this stage that authorized this war" in Iraq. He added a bit later, "The thing I wish had happened (with respect to Iraq) was that all the people on this stage had asked questions before they authorized us getting in."
The words that were sort of the tipping point for me were, "It is my belief that we need a fundamental change if we're going to dig ourselves out of the hole that George Bush has placed us in. And that's going to require the kind of aggressive diplomacy preparation, yes, but aggressive diplomacy, the personal diplomacy of the next president to transform how the world sees us. That is ultimately going to make us safer," Obama said.
At no other time during this or any other debate have I heard, even one of the other candidates, Democrat or Republican, be concerned about how the World sees us. This man cares about America and her reputation.
Americas future depends on how others view her; with respect of course, but also, a bit of envy.
At this moment in time, out of all the candidates running for President (I'm a huge fan/supporter of General Wesley Clark also), Senator Obama's got my vote.