Obama for president


Saturday, October 25
As we have often said this year, the 2008 presidential election is a watershed moment for America, one of those once-in-a-generation elections that may affect the course of our nation for decades to come.

The choice is between Republican candidate John McCain and a virtual third term for the Bush administration or the very real possibility of a new way forward under Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

The multiple economic, environmental and geopolitical crises facing our nation, and the world, will not be solved with conventional solutions. They certainly won't be solved with the belligerent, reckless and fiscally irresponsible Bush/McCain approach to leadership.

Obama's approach on everything from Iraq to health care will be greatly different than what we've seen over the last eight years. He is willing to consult with the best minds, regardless of party affiliation, and is a consensus builder by nature. He has the kind of calm and reasoned judgment and intelligence that will be critical in the coming years.

He knows, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in 1932, that "the country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."

Obama has pledged to cut taxes for 95 percent of American taxpayers, end the U.S. occupation in Iraq and break America's dependence on Mideast oil within a decade. He is committed to expanding access to health care for all and making a real investment in education. He realizes the need to rebuild the nation's infrastructure.

These will be tall orders to accomplish, but we think Obama has the brains and the temperament to help this nation break free of the toxic legacy of the Bush administration.

We have been inspired by the Obama campaign's inclusiveness and how it has captured the imaginations of American of all ages, It's a campaign that has used the words "we" and "us," instead of "me" and "I." It's a campaign that speaks about hope and change instead of fear and anger. It is something we hope will carry over into an Obama administration.

Instead of refighting the political and cultural battles of the '60s, Obama represents a different generation. Born in 1961, he is, depending on how you do your demographic figuring, either at the tail end of the Baby Boom generation or the start of the much-maligned "Generation X," the people born in the 1960s and 1970s.

Tempered by years of economic insecurity and institutional rot, and fully accustomed to being lied to and let down by our leaders, Generation X is a self-reliant and resourceful generation that has had to find its own way and keep adjusting and reinventing as it went along.

This is a generation of realists, and they aren't afraid to take chances when necessary. It is their time to take the reins.

After a long and arduous campaign, we now see that there is only one candidate trying to build a broad and bottom-up coalition of young and old, Democrats and Republicans, independents and party loyalists. There is only one candidate trying to bridge the gaps of race, gender and class. There is only one candidate who recognizes that only by bringing people together for a common purpose will change occur.

That candidate is Barack Obama, the Reformer's choice to be the 44th president of the United States.


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