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Obama Announces Candidacy

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This morning Sen. Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president declaring,

"It was here, in Springfield, where North, South, East and West come together that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people -- where I came to believe that through this decency, we can build a more hopeful America. And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America."

The allusions to Lincoln are not just because both are from Illinois. Lincoln was a self-made man who became a great lawyer with his compassion, quick wit and famed speaking. Obama made his way in life by graduating magna cum laude at Harvard Law School and instead of taking a high paying corporate job became a community organizer helping the poor using those very same skills. Lincoln only served 2 terms in the House before becoming the leader of the United States during a time of turbulence and change. Obama, after 8 years in the state senate and still in his first term in the U.S. Senate, is trying to do the same.

The biggest complaint (at least one not invented by Fox News) is that he is too new, hasn't done anything. I'd disagree. As chairman of the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services Committee he created a state earned-income tax credit providing over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. He lead the fight for campaign and ethics reform in a state where the dead not only vote early but vote often. He has pledge to continue this fight saying today,

"They write the checks and you get stuck with the bills, they get the access while you get to write a letter, they think they own this government, but we're here today to take it back. The time for that kind of politics is over."

As a U.S. Senator he sponsored bills to increase the amount of Pell grants and prevent the proliferation of dangerous weapons. In 2005 his voting record received perfect scores from National Education Association, American Wilderness Coalition, Alliance for Retired Americans, Children's Defense Fund, and the Campaign for America's Future. The only real question for me is what has everyone else been doing?



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By Matt Weston on February 10, 2007 at 06:40 pm
Nicely put. We're sure to hear more Lincoln comparisions as the campaign goes on. You're right to point out that inexperience is widely seen as Obama's greatest weakness, but looked at another way: being a fully-ingrained, politician-for-life has its own problems. Years of answering to special-interests and spinning your way out of bad press leaves you pretty bruised and battered. This may just be the right moment for Obama ... I'm behind him 100%
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By V on February 10, 2007 at 10:42 pm
Barack the vote!
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By Steven Lane on February 10, 2007 at 11:30 pm
He certainly has my attention.
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By Ariel on February 10, 2007 at 11:39 pm
Give me the citizenship and I'll vote for him. I promise. :)
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By joseph ruso on February 28, 2007 at 12:01 pm
Hollywood Takes a Role in 2008 Presidential Election Hollywood's top stars such as George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, and Barbra Streisand attended a Hollywood fundraiser in February, but the guest star of the evening was Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The event brought in a little over $1million for the 45-year-old presidential candidate. The fundraiser was arranged by three of the entertainment industry's biggest names - DreamWorks studio founders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen . Presidential candidates have long been attracted to California by the prospect of high dollars and the opportunity to bask in Hollywood glamour. Now there is also another lure for 2008 candidates—the prospect the state may move up its primary, creating a treasure trove of delegates to be won in the early run-up to the nominations. The star-studded, $1.3 million fundraiser for the Illinois senator was just the latest California stopover from top-tier presidential contenders from both parties. Arizona Sen. John McCain has scheduled a visit to the area with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has already visited California. New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and husband Bill Clinton have a long standing relationship with the movie and entertainment industry. Lawmakers and Schwarzenegger are poised to move the state's primary to Feb. 5 from June, so the heat is on for presidential candidates to lure big money and big name supporters from the state. Obama spoke to residents at an area park and promised to take on issues from health care to education, while changing America's course in Iraq. He has introduced legislation that would set a deadline of March 2008 to remove all U.S. combat brigades from the country. Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Hawaii to Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham. He graduated from Columbia University in 1983, and moved to Chicago in 1985 to work for a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment. In 1991 he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. He started his law career in civil rights practice. Uncle Rocky www.ACheapSeat.com
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