STARTING FRESH: Barack Obama

If you haven’t made up your mind about who you’re going to vote for in tomorrow’s Primary — what the hell is taking you so long?

No worries though, it’s been a wild election so far and it’s your right to take your time. This decision isn’t easy. Polls have the undecided vote at 16%, so there’s a lot of you last minute shoppers out there.

Hillary Clinton is a good candidate too, that’s what makes this election so heated and volatile and exciting to watch. The reason I’m supporting Barack over Hillary is that Barack Obama is a great candidate.

I don’t believe in the false dichotomy of Change vs. Experience. I think, to varying degrees, they both have experience and they both would bring about change. What we should focus on is who is the right leader for these difficult and contentious times.

Barack Obama doesn’t just represent the American Dream, he is an inspiration to the entire world. At a time when we need to come together with the global community to solve our most important problems, Barack Obama can do just that.

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British.

Barack’s mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression, and then signed up for World War II after Pearl Harbor, where he marched across Europe in Patton’s army. Her mother went to work on a bomber assembly line, and after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii.

It was there, at the University of Hawaii, where Barack’s parents met. His mother was a student there, and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams in America.

His personal story is inspiring but it’s what he did with his life that will earn him the Presidency.

  • Graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
  • Worked with community groups in Chicago and taught Law until he entered the State Senate in Illinois.
  • Only the third African-American elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.

Barack Obama first stoked the country’s imagination at the 2004 Democratic Convention, before he was even elected to the Senate, urging Americans to come together, in Kennedyesque fashion, to give of themselves for the greater good of the country. Something about the way he said “The United States” reminded us that it’s more than just a name.

“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 grew up in the Seventies. He plays basketball. Up until recently he smoked cigarettes. Obama is not God, but he’s a fine example of the America we’re trying to reclaim: Where hard work gets you to the top; Where we roll up our sleeves to fix our problems without seeking to score political points first; A politician who appeals to our best instincts rather than our worst fears.

Additionally, electing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton would once and for all put the wounds of the impeachment battles and the anger over Bush’s election behind us, and thus he is better equipped to rally the nation’s attention to the causes that need to be confronted: Iraq, Health Care, the Environment.

We can start fresh.

Nominating Hillary would just stir up the same old, tired and bitter, partisan passions.

Republicans are already frothing at the mouth to vote against her and this will cause Democrats lower on the ticket in red states to suffer. Issues that should be forgotten, or are otherwise a distraction, (Lewinsky, Bill Clinton’s Pardons, her original Iraq vote) will dominate the dialogue instead of the important discussion of who can best lead us out of our current malaise.

That man is Barack Obama and, I firmly believe, he is ready to lead today.

All the needless bickering. The grudges. The tabloid-drama over Bill being the First Husband. Four years of Rush Limbaugh ranting and raving and increasing his ratings. There’s a way to avoid all that distraction, and that’s to have the guts to send this country in a new direction.

America needs to move forward.

Many Hillary Clinton supporters start off defending their candidate by stating: “I think Barack Obama will make a great president some day but…”

I’m asking California to chose the president of Tomorrow… today. Let’s not be fooled into thinking that it’s Hillary’s “turn” and Barack should wait, that we should wait.

I’m going in the voting booth and I’m punching the hole for Barack Obama, and in the process, sending a message that I’m ready for change.

“I’m asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington… I’m asking you to believe in yours.” — Barack Obama

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