Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mr. President

The 44th President of the United States is Barack Hussein Obama Jr. Former Democratic U.S. Senator from Illinois. He is 47 years old and was born on August 4,1961. He has been married to Michelle Robinson since 1992. He has two daughters: Malia and Sasha.

How did this historical event occur? It starts with the meticulous preparation. The Obama camp had very few gliches in the campaign. They took a few hits with William Ayers, ACORN, and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but those forks in the road were not enough to derail the road to the Whitehouse. The overall effectiveness of the campaign cannot be overlooked. His strategy is a major reason why Barack Obama is now the 44th President of the United States of America. Also there is the Internet, which he used to his advantage to collect small donations from across the globe. His financing allowed the Obama camp to attack states that McCain initially thought were secure and forced McCain to try to protect those states.

"Despite all of the talk, the speculation, and the hype, I understand the difference between a book club and free refrigerators ... and this critical moment in our nation's history, I came out here for, I suspect, the same reason you did: Because I care about this country."

Those were the words talk show icon Oprah Winfrey uttered in convention hall, in Des Moines to campaign for Barack Obama. What better place for Ms. Winfrey to show her support, than in Des Moines, Iowa. Obama was expected to win Iowa narrowly, and won 54% to 45%. This is what is called, "The Oprah Effect."

The Oprah Effect is a phenomenon that suggest Ms. Winfrey is more than a celebrity, "she's a social icon, an earth mother, a television priestess of sorts whose predominantly female flock takes her words to heart. " In other words, everything she touches, or endorses, turns to gold. Any book she endorses, the author is an instant millionaire.

Another reason this historical event occured: Sarah Palin. It would be inappropriate to place the blame on Mrs. Palin. However, her selection as McCain's running mate was a huge mistake. It was an insult to female voters across America because the obvious attempt was to capture the Hillary Clinton supporters by any means necessary. If McCain wanted to select a female running mate there were several, more wiser, choices than an unknown Governor from Alaska.

Finally, there's former Secretary of State Colin Powell's endorsement. This was not just any endorsement. First you have to look at the fact that by resigning from the George W. Bush cabinet, Powell distanced himself from the Bush Administration. He distanced himself and also went into a mini, self-imposed exile of sorts. Not to say that was his plan, but we didn't hear much of anything about Colin Powell until Oct. 19, 2008, when he appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Here was a highly respected American, crossing party lines, and eloquently voicing his support for Barack Obama. He prefaced his endorsement by stating, "he was not supporting Obama because of his race." "But he said McCain’s choices in the last few weeks — especially his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his vice presidential running mate — had raised questions in his mind about McCain’s judgment."

So America has it's first African American President. In this author's opinion, he's definitely qualified to be Commander in Chief. He is the 44th President of the United States who just so happens to be black. His oratory skills, his intelligence, and his abilty to organize will make him a formidable president. Besides, who could do a worse job than George W. Bush. We have no where to go, but up.

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