Sunday, 12 November 2006

America’s First Black President?

“The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”

Barack Obama, 2004 Democratic Keynote Address.

Barack Obama, the Democratic junior Senator for Illinois, is not a man many of you may be familiar with but he is perhaps the best chance America has of having a black President and one thing is for sure, America would love to elect a black man of Mr Obama’s calibre to the highest position in the land.

Barack Obama is being pitched by some as the only challenger to Hillary Clinton’s 14-year preparation (some might say this is a conservative estimate) to become the United State’s first female leader. This is being rather dismissive to the excellent John Edwards and the Democratic leviathan that is Al Gore but my money is on Barack Obama being the Democratic Presidential nomination for 2008 and he will be a formidable foe.

Obama has many strengths, aside from the colour of his skin (he is in fact mixed race but not so much so that the Oreo insult can stick), such as his youth, political integrity and the fact he comes without any of Hillary’s baggage. He is a straight talker, whether it’s referring to his dabbling in cocaine or in reference to the Clinton cannabis fudge: “When I was a kid I inhaled. That was the point.” When it comes to formal public speaking he is rather brilliant and has the stardust that is attractive to voters.

More importantly, 2008 is the right time for him to strike: the GOP by then will be further weakened, the nation fishing around for dynamic change; there will be no incumbent and no vice-President to deal with. In short, there is a golden opportunity for the Barack Obama to become the first black President.

Here’s hoping…

13 comments:

  1. The only way Dems lost in 2008 is if they nominate Hillary. She is toxic to much of America. I can't believe people aren't mentioning Al Gore more when discussing serious candidates. To me he is the obvious choice. Shafted in 2000, right on the war, a true visionary/leader on the environment. The anti-Hillary, so to speak...
    www.minor-ripper.blogspot.com

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  2. In a world where the 24 hour media wouldn't drone on and on about Barak Obama's lack of expereience you might be right. In a country that would actually vote for a black man named Barak Obama you might be right.

    I like Wesley Clark and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. I don't know if either is running, but what wins in 2008 is a populist champion of the middle class working man, not an idealist. If it were an idealist, Russ Fiengold would be the man. He has recently said he won't run.

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  3. I'm so glad you posted again, I was starting to think you had become "too Hollywood" for your blog.

    I can't wait for the day that I become "too Hollywood" for my blog.

    I'm thinking next Tuesday would be a good day. I'll keep ya posted.

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  4. Not to burst the bubble, Obama will be the first Afro-American vice-president.

    I see it as Hillary/Obama vs McCain/Rice. A real nightmare. I think McCain is probably left of Hillary.

    Actually nobody has presidential experience.

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  5. Personally I'm more invested in having a woman President first, but I'll settle for Obama. Women have come further than Blacks in a lot of ways, and I think we need someone who is going to do more to help class warefare, which is an issue few people are discussing now.

    Cranky,
    we're not ready to let Rendell go yet. We need him. I don't know if he's said he'll be running, but I think he has his hands full right now. We have some serious problems with education in the poorer areas of the state, and we're having some racial issues at the momemt as well.


    Ripper,
    I think there are a lot of ways that the Dems lose in 08. Who they run is only one of the problems. I think they need to control which issures are being debated, they need to his the Republicans hard on the war and their anti-gay agends, and they need to make sure that there is no possible way that there can be voter fraud. A lot of people still don't like the electronic machines, and for good reason. I think there was little fraud int he mid-term election,but I think they'll try it again when it really counts, in 08.

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  6. Fuck dat shit, negro. I'm still waiting for the first Native American president. Hell yeah...

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  7. Obama is indeed a rising star. I've been impressed with him for years.

    As Ripper points out, the only way they'll certainly lose is if Hillary is elected.

    Interestingly, a poll came out today that showed that an overwhelming majority of America would "probably" vote for Hillary, with about 30% teetering with a "maybe" and only about 17% or so saying "no way". However, as with all polls, it's too early to say. When she gets up there, unfolds her plans, and starts hitting the campaign trail is when all hell will break loose. Most of America won't like her policies or her past mistakes/successes (depending on how you look at it) and sadly, most of America simply isn't ready for a female president (either Republican or Democrat).

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  8. Think of the people who manipulate oil prices like a yoyo, so that you happily pay two bucks a gallon and consider it a steal.

    The same people gave you an election with voting machines that appear to have been fair. They even threw in a "cliffhanger" for the last Senate seat.

    They didn't really want to keep the house and Senate at this point. After Saddam's execution, Bush will say "now we can go home", declare victory, and start at least a symbolic demobilization (but the bases are there to stay).

    Then he can do whatever he wants and blame the democrats for thwarting his every move.

    All the right wing pundits supposedly jumping ship will be back for '08, with plenty of scandals, and Diebold will rule.

    Get those unaccountable voting machines out of the kingmaker position while you still can.

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  9. So, Barack Obama “is perhaps the best chance America has of having a black President”.

    Yeah, right on! …Just look at how great black presidents have been in Africa!

    Dooh…

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  10. America believes in guns, racism, and democracy, except that their "version" of democracy isolates The People from policy making.

    So, that leaves guns and racism.

    Don't let the occasional egalitarian overture fool you, there will never be a black, or female president short of a successful, armed insurrection.

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  11. For once, Bud makes half sense. But while you're pulling out those hackable voting machines, he fails to mention that you should execute the legendary Ten Thousand who manipulate and exploit the other six billion people on Earth.

    They're after you, Bud. Better get your tinfoil hat and anti-anal-probing underwear on.

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