Enveloped by the historic backdrop of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln delivered his famous "house divided” speech in 1858, Barack Obama announced his campaign for President of the Unites States.
With deep sincerity, Senator Obama recognizes his run might presume much. "I recognize there is a certain presumptuousness - a certain audacity - to this announcement." To the delight of the crowd he follows that by saying "I know I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I've been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change." A majestically delivered proclamation.
Regarding his inexperience; this has become the canned response on Barack Obama as though there is nothing more substantial to consider. A senator's road to the White House is perilous path. The obvious reason - a voting record that spells the inevitable unraveling of a presidential candidate. It occurs to me that Hilary Clinton may inadvertently help Obama's campaign. Hilary is setting a new bar for a Senator's run. She holds a firm position of power and has virtually unlimited resources. She is the poster candidate for "A Senator Can Do It". We are already sold on that and the game has only just begun. It may not be true at any other time - but now it stands to reason there could be enormous appeal in a candidate without any prepackaged agenda, established by voting record. Interesting to note is that most polls have Senator Obama faring better against the Republican candidates than Senator Clinton. Hilary Clinton is currently the party front runner, however, there is nothing but room for huge shifts in momentum. The current political climate represents an unwavering need for change. Where the read on Clinton is - savvy and an ensconced part of the political machine, Barack Obama is poised to grow his powerful personae as a charismatic vehicle for change - a seemingly perfect fit with a nation's need for less politicizing.
Barack Obama nears the close of his announcement today with "I want us to take up the unfinished business of perfecting our union."
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