Obama is In

Illinois Senator Barack Obama is apparently declaring his intention to run for President in 2008 today. Not a surprise, but still, breaking news on the Tribune website right now. So let’s hear it: can he do it or what?

5 Comments so far

  1. Marty (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    I’m not sure he can do it but this makes sense. His popularity is still on an upswing without much to hold him back. So far, he’s got my support.

  2. HDB (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    Can he do it? – Probably. Should he do it? – Personally, I don’t think so. He lacks experience. I’m not sure where he stands on a number of significant issues.

  3. Danny Doom (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    This “lack of experience” that we are and will be hearing so much about — I don’t know that I understand it. Did Mr. Bush come to the job with significant experience? Or is that why he has turned out so poorly? Experience has never before seemed to be such an issue as it is now with Obama.

    Would two, four, six more years in the Senate make him a better President? I don’t get that at all. I would argue that it would make him a worse candidate, if anything, like any senator.

    Is it his age? Old does not = Wise. Look at McCain.

    I get the feeling that there are people who can’t find any negatives on him yet, so this is what we will hear for the next year.

    Where Obama stands is quite easy to find out if you read his book or just go to his website.

  4. HDB (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

    “Where Obama stands is quite easy to find out if you read his book or just go to his website.” – Actually, no you can’t. Because those sources are where he SAYS he stands. Because actions speak louder than words and I haven’t seen him be consistent in his voting record. He hasn’t exactly done much for us to really know where he stands.
    “Did Mr. Bush come to the job with significant experience?” – Worst. Example. Ever.

    Why don’t you tell everybody why you think he WILL make a good president?

  5. Danny Doom (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    I don’t see why Bush is the worst example ever. Would Clinton be a better one? Neither of them had “voting records,” they were governors. Nixon had all kinds of experience before becoming president. Reagan was an actor, then a governor. McCain and Kerry were both Vietnam vets and then senators, one a Republican and the other a Democrat. They’re the only ones who really have voting records, and neither one has been elected president. What difference does it make? I think “experience” is getting overhyped here.

    It depends on what you’re looking for in a candidate. I can tell you why I like him but in the end it’s a personal decision. I’m sure in the next year everyone will know where everyone stands on the issues but if you’re waiting for Obama to chalk up a trail of votes then he probably isn’t your guy for 2008.

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