Getting my finger on the pulse of American politics is a fairly difficult thing to do from 12,000 kilometres away. However, when I look at the two front-runners for the Democratic nomination, my choice for the next US President is blindingly obvious.
Hillary Clinton supported King George’s misbegotten invasion of Iraq, despite all the evidence for doing so being completely bogus. That’s enough for me, despite right-wingnut claims that Obama has limited political experience. Jimmy Carter suffered precisely the same accusations from the wingnuts- but this actually worked much to Carter’s advantage back in the 1976 Presidential campaign.
Carter was the first US President to be elected after Gerald Ford served out the remainder of Richard Nixon’s second term, following Nixon’s resignation over the Watergate affair. Carter was indeed ‘inexperienced;’ that is to say he’d not gotten any really heinously stinky political poo on his shoes before running for the top job. Obama is just the same. America needs a president who is not part of the corrupt Washington machine, just as it did at the end of the Nixon era.
Obama was educated at the world renowned Harvard Law School and in fact was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. In the last issue of the Review which Obama edited prior to his graduation in 1990, Obama gleefully took the piss out of himself:
“I was born in Oslo, Norway, the son of a Volvo factory worker and part-time ice fisherman,” a mock self-tribute begins. “My mother was a backup singer for Abba. They were good folks.” In Chicago, “I discovered I was black, and I have remained so ever since.”
Oh, my- well spoken, on the thoughtful side of the political fence and has a sense of humour? Whoa.
Sign me up for the letterboxing campaign!
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