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Feb. 10th, 2007

Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday declared his bid for the U.S. presidency in a speech that laid out an ambitious agenda of universal health care and bringing the U.S. troops home from Iraq.

The Illinois Democrat, addressing a rally under crisp winter skies in his home state, evoked the work of Abraham Lincoln as he called for policies to help the middle class and end the war in Iraq.

"People who love their country can change it," Obama said of Lincoln, who hailed from Illinois. "That's what Abraham Lincoln understood. Through his will and his words he moved a nation and helped free a people."
Citing the loss of U.S. lives in Iraq, he said has a plan to bring troops home by March, 2008.


Voicing support for alternative energy, Internet access in the inner city and boosting education, Obama promised to work for change.


"I want to win that next battle for justice and opportunity," Obama said. "I want to win that next battle for better schools, if you will join with me — if you sense that the time is now to shake off our slumber, then I am ready to take up the cause and work with you today. Together we can finish the work that needs to be done and usher in a new birth of freedom on this earth."


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I'm fond of Hillz and Obama, but at the moment, my love is still with John Edwards (tho my true love is Al Gore). Time will tell, though. It'll be a fun couple of years.

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ragdoll
Feb. 11th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
I'm with you on Edwards, Beth. I'm glad to see someone thinking along similar lines, esp. since my flist exploded with well-meaning people declaring that Obama will change the world if we all just vote for him today. *sigh*
dawna
Feb. 11th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
I would love to see an Edwards/Obama ticket to be honest. I always thought that Edwards should have had the nomination in the last election.. he might have had a chance.. but I do like Barak Obama.. I just don't think he is right for President.. yet. :)

ariedana
Feb. 11th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC)
Edwards is the real deal. Glad to see he's still attracting interest outside the South.
tesao
Feb. 11th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC)
damn, is it good to see you thinking this way, beth! and the people commenting here!

edwards is from the state that mr. hotbuns lives in (where our house is, and where i too lived before i moved to africa) he IS the real deal. he and his wife have done so much for the community, and i would be proud to have him as a president -- and Obama as vp!!
obvious
Feb. 11th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Being a Chicago Democrat, I have to support Obama because he is one. I like Edwards, but Obama grew his political wings here at home (representing Chicago's 13th district in the State Senate). I root for the home team. :-)
mangofandango
Feb. 11th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see an Edwards/Obama ticket. That would be awesome.
theodicy
Feb. 11th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I'm beginning to nurture a few teeny seeds of hope that we're not all fucked. If Edwards or Obama can do even half of what they promise, the world will be a better place. maybe
chelsearoad
Feb. 11th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
I really like Edwards and he was my first choice until 1) I watched him on Meet the Press and thought he sounded a little too political and processed, 2) the blogger debacle--I am SO glad he didn't fire them, but I think this is going to be a PR nightmare for him and 3) I watched Obama's speech and saw his impact, not just on the audience but on the people who called CSPAN after the fact.

I thought he was just too inexperienced, but this might be an advantage in a time when Washington is so reviled. And the reality is that he has more elected experience than Hillary (which he subtly referred to in his speech).

For a long time, I've sought someone who could really inspire and uplift me in the political/public sphere--I was sad that there were no Bobby Kennedys or Martin Luther King, Jrs. I feel like Barack Obama is that person. I just hope he isn't killed.
thistle_verse
Feb. 11th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
I feel so conflicted! I really want to vote for a woman, but....there is just something about Hillary I don't trust. Though I'd love to see Bill back in the Wite House!

I love Obama, but I'm concerned by his lack of experience. Could be good, but he definitely needs a strong, knowledgeable vice if he's going to go for president. I like the atmospere around him. I have to say I've never seen Edwards as more than a vice kinda guy...he doesn't seem like a very strong candidate to me. But I haven't paid enpough attention to him, so my view could change.
atalantapendrag
Feb. 11th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
I agree. Hillary Clinton just rubs me the wrong way.

But most politicians do, sadly.
laivine
Feb. 11th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
While I am looking forward to the next few years to see how all the candidates come through, I have to say I was utterly transfixed by Obama's speech at the Democratic convention and there's a part of my bleeding heart liberal heart that gets hopeful that he could be the real thing.
anmorata
Feb. 11th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
What I think will happen:

Obama clearly does not have enough experience to be President. He will gain some support, but he will be beat by a better candidate - whoever that may be. Better candidate will ask Obama to be VP.

I truly think that Obama is playing politics: he knows he's running for VP, and it's a smart move.

I'm not making any calls as to who will be our final candidate, though - it's far too early, and I need to see things unfold along the campaign trail. I personally liked Howard Dean last time around, but the rest of America didn't agree with me. I'm most definitely not a good measure of the way that this country votes. :)
georgiamagnolia
Feb. 11th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
I would like to think that we could once again live in a world where our voices counted and our leaders were worthy of our following, and Obama seems like the one to restore that hope in America. (but I am kind of an idealist, I know)
hippie_chick
Feb. 11th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
I like Obama, but too feel that he's not qualified enough... has enough experience to be president. Yet.

I'm with you on Edwards.
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