You have to admit, the guy is good

29 08 2008

I just got finished watching Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.  I can honestly say that never in my life have I planned my day around watching a politician speak, but I felt like this was one I couldn’t miss.

After hearing that speech, it’s obvious that Barack Obama is not just using shallow inspirational speeches full of empty rhetoric.  The man has substantial depth of character and is as much bite as he is bark.  He’s got a plan.

After the speech was over, I was worked up.  I was genuinely emotional.  If Barack Obama has the ability to inspire and motivate me, a typically cynical independent that’s distrustful of any government larger then the local school board, then he has one of the major qualities that we need in a leader right now.  A leader that inspires has the ability to heal the great divide that exists in this country try now.  If we need anything right now, that’s it.  I’m seriously looking forward to the first debate between the two candidates on September 21.

On a related note, I’m also extremely pleased with the choice of Joe Biden as Obama’s running mate.  As a working class, middle income citizen, he’s my kind of guy.  The way that he speaks doesn’t make me think Washington Senator.  It makes me think of my relative or a guy I’d talk to while watching the football game at the sports bar.  He wasn’t brought up through privilege and after thirty some odd years in the Senate, he hasn’t forgotten where he comes from.  That’s a big reason why I might start leaning towards Obama.

Obviously, the glow of the Democratic Convention is still all around and it’s tough to make a decision before next week when we see the Republicans speak.  It’ll get even more defined once we see a few debates.

Even with all that, I’m going to put myself out there.  I’m going out on a limb and saying it:  Regardless of who I vote for for President, I’m saying right now that Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States..and it won’t be a close race.

Hold me to that prediction in 2 months.

PS.  Joe Biden’s daughter is hot.

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