Senator Barack Obama might present a better choice if you care about changing course, progressing beyond limits previously viewed as impossible, or jump-starting our nation’s idealistic spirit. He is young, energetic, and claims to be a Washington “outsider”. But most importantly, he is an American who happens to be black and white. As the first, of a mix race marriage to be elected President, he could drastically change race relations at home and abroad. The message sent by his election could go a long way in helping to mend relationships and bridge gaps with foreign governments and the global community as a whole. He could literally, with just one day in the Oval Office, give everyone more hope and re-dedicated commitment for a better future regardless of their current lot in life.
No one worth their salt could say that Mr. Obama is unqualified to run our country. Arguably less experienced candidates have provided outstanding leadership in the role of President. It may be, however, that he is not as qualified as his probable opponent, John McCain. The question comes down to who one would you vote for if race were not a factor.
But the bottom line is that, in this Presidential election, race matters. It is almost impossible to separate Obama from his race, because that is part of his appeal to voters. Conversely, McCain, despite his other qualifications, may be hindered by the perception that his candidacy represents the old-boy network of white men that have run this country since its inception.
In making the choice this November, closely observing the character of the candidates would go a long way in cutting through the superficial perceptions that divide us as Americans. Either way, your vote in this election will set the course of this nation for a long time to come.
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