Obama inspires me. I’m usually disdainful of people who vote based on emotion or personality, so this has been surprisingly important to me. It’s not so much that he inspires ME, in fact, but that he seems to inspire a lot of people. This country has been in such a bitter, partisan mood not just for the last eight years, but for the last 16. I really would like to see our country rally together, and I want a president who can inspire confidence and patriotism while holding us to our own high ideals.
I actually think we could do a lot worse than either candidate in this respect. He Who Must Not Be Named In This Post used to inspire me and he could very well do so again.
But I also agree with Obama’s policies by and large. He has shown himself to be thoughtful and intelligent. His foreign policy ideas, his health plan, his energy plan–he’s no empty suit as he was once accused of being.
Finally, there’s his integrity and values. I suspect his high-road approach is just a strategy, but I think it’s good to have an elevated campaign and I want to encourage it. I respect his work as a community organizer, a civil rights lawyer, a professor, and a state senator. That isn’t the career of a power seeker, but of someone who believes in improving his community. And his campaign has continued to show his character - he hasn’t spoken down to voters to the extent most candidates do. He’s explained his personal and professional decisions about family, race, religion, money, votes, etc. with admirable honesty and sophistication. He appears capable of distinguishing between compromise for the sake of progress and compromising your values. And his positions show a value orientation I support - America leading by example and through diplomacy, support for the middle class, emphasis on renewable energy.
Plus, I think Michelle is pretty hot.