Clinton or Obama?

When I first learned Hillary Clinton was going to run for President I was very excited about the possibility of this country electing the first women to the highest office of the land. Presently I’m a supporter, however I recently became inspired about Obama’s message. I was very happy Obama won the Iowa Caucus. I was moved to tears when I heard his speech, which surprised me greatly. Now I am waiting to see how the next few weeks work out. I still like Hillary, but electing the first black man as US President is also very appealing. I used to be a member of a community board and two political clubs and have since taken a break from politics, mainly because I lost faith in the system and the ability for an individual person to make a difference. Now, with Obama breaking barriers, my interest in politics has peaked. Obama has enlisted young people into the process and that is significant for the future of politics. I would love a Clinton/Obama Democratic ticket, however now, an Obama/Clinton ticket looks pretty good to me too.


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1 Response to Clinton or Obama?

  1. Davina says:

    Sir, Can I have the permission to rock your vote?

    A letter from Toni Morrison

    Dear Senator Obama,

    This letter represents a first for me–a public endorsement of a Presidential candidate. I feel driven to let you know why I am writing it. One reason is it may help gather other supporters; another is that this is one of those singular moments that nations ignore at their peril. I will not rehearse the multiple crises facing us, but of one thing I am certain: this opportunity for a national evolution (even revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the person to capture it.

    May I describe to you my thoughts?

    I have admired Senator Clinton for years. Her knowledge always seemed to me exhaustive; her negotiation of politics expert. However I am more compelled by the quality of mind (as far as I can measure it) of a candidate. I cared little for her gender as a source of my admiration, and the little I did care was based on the fact that no liberal woman has ever ruled in America. Only conservative or “new-centrist” ones are allowed into that realm. Nor do I care very much for your race[s]. I would not support you if that was all you had to offer or because it might make me “proud.”

    In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don’t see in other candidates. That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it. Wisdom is a gift; you can’t train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace–that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom.

    When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his country’s citizens as “we,” not “they”? Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?

    Our future is ripe, outrageously rich in its possibilities. Yet unleashing the glory of that future will require a difficult labor, and some may be so frightened of its birth they will refuse to abandon their nostalgia for the womb.

    There have been a few prescient leaders in our past, but you are the man for this time.

    Good luck to you and to us.

    Toni Morrison

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