Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obama and his pastor 

When this presidential race began, there didn't seem to be much, if any, difference between the Democratic candidates. After John Edwards left the race, it would have been difficult for me to tell anyone just exactly why I prefer Obama over Hillary without getting personal.

Now that Obama has spoken to the issue of his pastor's contorversial and sometimes paranoid utterances - clearly deliniating between the man and the man's opinions, clearly stating his own position on those issues and all the while refraining from throwing the man to the dogs, as his enemies clearly expected, it is crystal clear to me why I want Barak Obama to be the next President of the United States of America.

It is because this is a very rare public figure - one who will tell us the truth, calmly and intelligently, who dares to stand for much more than winning, who is willing to campaign without stooping to slime his opponents. This is the man I can expect to speak intelligently and calmly to me through the turbulence and economic insecurity of the next eight years. One who can lead with dignity and integrity. This is the man who may not only be able to restore but enhance America's standing in the world and show us the way to actualize the ideals our country has aspired to over her more than 200 years.

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