I love Barack Obama. There, I said it. My love affair with Obama began on a cold, February morning in 2007, when he announced his candidacy for President of the United States. I had read and heard about this young Illinois senator in the Nation and online, but before 2007, I really didn’t know much about him. I remember watching his speech during the 2004 Democratic Convention and thinking to myself, “finally, a new voice in the DNP!”, but 3 years went by and I don’t remember reading much about him other than his stance on the war in Iraq.
I have been following politics very closely now for about 10 years and besides Russ Feingold, Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Boxer and a few others, there has hardly been a politician in my day that I even respect, let alone love. Then arrives Barack Obama, whose words are powerful, they are inspirational, and they are hopeful. I believe that if there is any politician who can restore this sham of a democracy we call the United States, it is him. If given the chance, I believe that he will restore dignity, honor, and respect to the oval office, which has been long overdue in this country.
So why do I love Obama? Well, even though we do not see eye-to-eye on every issue, I believe Obama is a true public servant. He entered into politics not wanting to play games with the good-ol-boys of Washington, but to stand for real change that was in the best interests of AMERICANS, not his checkbook. And when it all boils down to it, that’s what matters the most… in fact that the reason the presidental office was established in the first place, not to rule with an iron fist and declare war on the constitution, but to protect the PEOPLE and to make decisions with their best interest in mind. That’s what I love about Barack Obama.
Critics want to say he’s inexperienced; they want to say that we don’t know enough about him, that he’s an “elitist”. If you don’t know enough about him, you haven’t been paying attention. His life story has been plastered over every cable news channel for the past 4 months and as far as experience goes, I’ll take my chances on a Harvard Law School magna cum laude ANYDAY over 22 months in a gubernatorial seat… and that’s just McCain’s Vp. Comparing srictly the two candidates, McCain has no executive experience either. (Remember, George Bush was a governor and look how far that got us!) What ever happened to intelligence? Is that not a quality that we look for in a leader? As I watch interviews with Sarah Palin, it appears not. It that who we want helping to run this country? I hope not. As far as being an elitist….please. Since when is growing up in a single-family home on food stamps make you an elitist? Where I come from, not knowing how many homes you own makes you an elitist, not your intelligence or your ability to bring yourself out of poverty. And those are just a few more reasons why I love Barack Obama.