Recently Barack Obama has officially announced his candidacy for President in '08. Oops. I mean he's just launching an exploratory committee. Yeah that's it.
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone as he and some of his staff were spending quite some time in Iowa testing the waters. Obama has storm of supporters in the media who are giving him press even when no events warrant it. Friends and family seem to be taken with him, well at least the idea of him.
I for one find Obama a charming politician, well spoken, intelligent, unafraid to ask direct questions during senate committees, and shares a few political values that I do. The problem is I really don't know that much about him and guess what? Neither do you.
And that's the problem. Anyone I speak with concerning Obama seem to speak of him as if he were a matinee idol, but none of them can tell me what specifically stands for. Okay he's a Democrat, but that as you know is vague. No one seems to know anything about his Senate voting record, but everyone will snap their fingers and say 'oh yeah he went to Africa and helped some people.'
A true saint this Obama is. One friend even told me he's going to vote for the first time for Obama. When asked why he said because he's black. (My friend is black as well.) He told me that many other black people he knows will come out in droves to support him. Given that Obama shares blood with many races I find this rather amusing, especially when Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton still won't endorse him.
We're all sick of the corrupt administration and yes we all want change and Obama may indeed be the next American political hero. We want to see a minority in the White House, qualifications be damned even. The public feels Obama will be great for the country and they'll profess that belief with almost religious zeal.
Many people jumped on the Bush and Arnold bandwagon and telling their peers that they feel both would do a great job. Again none of them could explain why or what they stood for. Both were elected of course and you know the rest. History does repeat itself constantly in politics.
I'm not saying you shouldn't vote for Obama. If you feel he's the best qualified person for the job then so be it. I might vote for him too, but please tell me you'd vote for him based on his record rather than his ability to charm you. I can certainly understand the need for heroes in these dark days, but let it be a person of substance and not one of hype.
"My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success." - Barack Obama