ilona the pest

insecurity + narcissism = awesome!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

why obama

in response to a recent question in the comments section: why am i supporting barack obama?

it's not about his stances on particular issues -- i think each of the democratic candidates would be just fine on any of the issues that i care about. (and no, i don't think that makes me a lazy voter or a bad citizen. this is a primary. if i feel satisfied with the views and policies of all the candidates, i think it's absolutely reasonable to focus on qualities like electability and leadership.) i am simply convinced that obama would be the most effective leader, both domestically and internationally, because he exudes warmth, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and honesty to a degree that i've rarely (if ever) seen in a politician. i trust him and i see that he inspires trust in other people. i want a democratic president who will be respected and admired across party lines, for generations to come, and i think obama can be that kind of president -- in no small part because it seems obvious that he genuinely respects all people.

i think caroline kennedy's op-ed in the New York Times summed it up very nicely. check it out if you're not yet convinced. or read his books, Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope.

he's a uniquely talented, caring, and smart leader who makes me feel good about america. what more could you ask for in a president?


  • At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree - something about his optimism is infectious. I'm hoping a victory by Obama might spark some sort of Camelot (and wipe away some of the damage caused by the last 8 years).
    Got any new pics (other than the new profile picture)? I think you're very cute.

  • At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I saw Obama speak when he was in Baltimore. The man is quite articulate, charming and makes me believe in that politics might still be worth listening too.

    I hope he gets the nomination, which unfortunately probably dooms any chance he had.

    Let us know when you get out to SF, IT, so that we can visit.


  • At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All politicians tell you everything you want to hear, and then when the get elected, they do nothing.


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