Obama on cover of the The Economist

Barack Obama makes the cover page of the influential weekly business read. The print will run worldwide from Friday.

The respected newspaper backed Bush in 2000 and Kerry in 2004.

They are generally centre-right, free-market, open government slanted.

The Economist describes Obama as the 'party's best hope' and ends with:

''For all these reasons, Mr Obama in our view now deserves the Democratic nomination. It is surely not worth Mrs Clinton dragging this to the convention. It is time for her, at a moment of her choosing, to concede gracefully and throw the considerable weight of the Clintons behind their party's best hope''.

They wrote about him in glowing terms.

''There is one final reason why Mr Obama is almost there. More than any other candidate this year, he has articulated an idea of a nobler America. That is partly because of who he is. When Mr Obama's parents married, in 1960, a union such as theirs, between a white woman and a black man, was illegal in over half of America's states. Now their son stands at the threshold of the White House. But it also has a lot to do with what he says and how he comports himself. Despite considerable provocation, he has never wavered from his commitment to bipartisanship--nor from the idea of America once again engaging with the world. There are severe problems with the details, on which Mr McCain will hopefully push him even further than Mrs Clinton has, but the upside of an Obama presidency remains greater than that of any other candidate.''

Amazing. A practical full on endorsement.

Look at their amazing picture of Obama here:

http://www.economist.com/opinion/display story.cfm?story_id=11332147

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Re: Obama on cover of the The Economist

The Economist endorsed Kerry in 2004.  Here's a list of editorial endorsements:

http://uspolitics.about.com/library/bl_e ndorsements.htm

by HSTruman 2008-05-08 10:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama on cover of the The Economist

Sorry my error. They endorsed Bush in 2000.

by MissVA 2008-05-08 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama on cover of the The Economist

 Goes to judgment
by gunner 2008-05-08 11:07AM | 0 recs
Bravo.

It is time for her, at a moment of her choosing, to concede gracefully and throw the considerable weight of the Clintons behind their party's best hope.

Well said.

by McNasty 2008-05-08 10:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama on cover of the The Economist

I'll give Hillary a call and ask her to concede now. Then we'll microwave some popcorn and watch the results next week in WV when the presumptive nominee loses massively.

by owl06 2008-05-08 10:48AM | 0 recs
She shouldn't drop out until May 20 anyway

She can get some good fundraising off of WV and pay off some of her debts, and May 20 is when Obama locks the pledged delegates.

by Dracomicron 2008-05-08 11:57AM | 0 recs
So Oregon is the coffin nail

I expect rural Oregon will follow both Idaho and Washington with respect to endorsing Obama. Obama has won the media narrative during this crucial time when Oregon voters hold ballots in hand.

From Hawaii, to Alaska, to Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, etc, etc. Senator Obama is inspiring people. I say this as a former Edwards supporter- we have been blessed as Democrats with a very strong field of candidates in this primary... It's time to rally behind the presumptive nominee.

by Stumptown Dave 2008-05-08 12:12PM | 0 recs
The Economist is great

British publications sometimes have a shakey understanding of American politics... understandably, but The Economist routinely has entertaining and somewhat insightful commentary on our contest.

It's good to listen to the rest of the world now and then.  It's been too long since we've had a president that's done that.

by Dracomicron 2008-05-08 11:58AM | 0 recs

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