...I have personally loved him but have been hesitant to back the idea of a presidential bid in 2008 for three main reasons, and also the ways they interact:
...[removed other two reasons]...
Inexperience: This is the one that has changed the most since Obama first came up. I, personally, like to have a leader with a lot of experience. But things I've read here and that I've seen in general seem to be indicating that the zeitgeist is more towards "FRESH START." Get rid of the lying liars, the politicos, the fat cats. Get a breath of fresh air in there, someone with integrity and enthusiasm. Obama has that, in spades.
Things I've always liked about him:
Savvy: He's made a lot of good decisions, politically.
Charisma: He's got it.
Idealism: This goes back to what I said re: inexperienced -- I think it's something that people really like to see, and can be especially good when paired with young.
Humor: Slightly different than charisma, and what made me start this thread.
She points out that Obama is 44, and that JFK, "who had a reputation as a callow playboy and lawmaker who barely knew his way around the Hill, was 43 when he became president."
What I know for sure is that when I think of all of the possible Democratic nominees, my reaction ranges from "could be OK" to "OH LORD PLEASE NO!!!", with one exception. Obama is the only one who makes me think, "Oh man, that would be SO great!!"
What do you think?
OK, that's all I'm going for at this point. Good to know. I've been extremely impressed with his ideas, philosophies, and policies so far -- as well as his ability to communicate them -- so if that's what would decide you, I'd be optimistic.
Here's his website, with lots of info about him:
IMO, it is better to have the mor experienced person at the top of the ticket, not in the VP slot.
Yes it does speak volumes about Obama.
He chose as his VP a man that has spent MORE time in the Senate then McCain, yet Obama's whole mantra is about "change", and fixing DC.
I dont see how choosing as your VP a man that has been part of the problem equals "fixing" DC or of this mythical "change" that Obama speaks of.
Problem is, the presidency is no place for an apprentice.
Then tell me with a straight face that Palin has the thoughtfulness, impressive intelligence, or confident leadership that makes Obama such an impressive candidate.
There are two possibile reasons McCain picked Palin. Either it was a completely political move, in which Palin was picked not because of her qualification to be president, but because she shores up the religious wack-jobs and she has a vagina. In that case, he looks like a calculating dickweed, in my opinion, who has put politics in front of what's best for the country.
The other possibility is that he really thinks she can lead this country, if need be, in the event that something happens to him. If that is the case, then he has given up the ability to legitimately criticize Obama on experience from now on. If he really thinks she's qualified to take over the job if he kicks off, then how can he possibly think different of Obama?
The fact that he picked her even though he hardly knows her at all, and has only even spoke with her once or twice before is reason enough for a reasonable person to think it's a calculated political move.
"Washington Republicans have hardly kept themselves free of race- and gender-based decision making: one can think of many cabinet members and judicial nominations made on these grounds. But now they’ve gone all the way and introduced irrelevant chromosome considerations into the presidential race"the most important political choice in the land. And they have lost any standing to criticize Democrats for playing the race and gender cards,"