Monday, February 11, 2008

The Case for Obama

In the words of Kanye West: I ain't here to argue about his facial features, or here to turn atheists into believers. Truly, the case for Obama goes deeper than electing the first Black president, or whether or not he will bring change. Honestly, you'd be remiss if you were to believe that Obama himself can fix the faults of the Bush administration. He will face stiff opposition from the Republican side in both the Senate and House. As the first Democratic president in 8 years, there will lots of pressure on Senator Obama to prove his party nominated the right man for the job. Especially when everyone contends that a major shortcoming in Obama's campaign is his lack of experience.

However, I believe there is one thing that separates Obama from Hilary and McCain right now. This is not Obama's eloquence or knowledge. It's not Obama's ability to debate issues. It's certainly not his ability to read teleprompters. So what is it?

Obama has the ability to unite. We can talk about change until we don't know the meaning of the word. Each candidate says they can bring change. But what we need right now more than change is unity. Unity begets progress. Progress begets improvement. Improvement is what we need for this country.
We can do better.

Two presidents in the last 150 years have risen above party lines to dig America from out under its own woeful conditions: Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.

They were not alone in uniting the country. In today's political system, the Cabinet has become the President's personal spoils of victory. He elects leaders of his party to advise him on how to run the nation. Obama will change this, and lead how our uniting presidents did: by taking the opinions of knowledgeable politicians from both sides. This is crucial.

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