You know I will never get in your face about politics, but I really urge you to watch the 30 minute ad that Barack Obama is putting on TV tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 8:30 ET- on CBS/NBC. I don’t know specifically what it’s about, but I expect it will summarize why he’s running for pres.
I also urge you to recognize that 95% of the negative stuff that’s been put out there about him is patently false (Marxist/socialist, “pals around with terrorists”, will raise your taxes, Muslim, inexperienced, “dangerous”, etc, etc). I really believe that there is a lot of fear of “other” going on in this country, and sadly a lot of it has to do with the fact that he’s black. I get it: “first black president” sounds scary to some people, but seriously, we, all of us, need to get over it and move into the 21st century, where, in other counties, there have been black (and female) presidents for years.
My summation of him: “A brilliant man who got top grades, was president of Harvard Law Review, passed up the opportunity to work anywhere he wanted and make millions to return to Chicago and work with poor people, worked his butt off to become a Senator, worked with Republicans on a number of important bills in Congress, decided to run for President and has run the most successful campaign in history. He is the real deal: owns one house and one car with his wife and two daughters. He has been hugely endorsed by Democrats and Republicans. He is admired around the world as a uniter. He’s brilliant on the economy and health care. He is fully educated on foreign affairs. He is inspiring, intellectual, a good role model, a tireless worker, an advocate for regular Americans, a leader.”
Here’s my humble choice for a good, across the board short ad that reflects some of what I said above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKGqyMtnO7E
And if you have a couple extra minutes, my favorite video of them all, which shows a lot of behind the scenes stuff with his (awesome) family (you can fast forward to the family parts):
I really have never been so encouraged by the potential of positive change in this country.
And of course, you can disregard all of this, but I can’t not share how intensely passionate I feel about the possibility of this man as our next president.