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America's Next President?


Barack Hussein Obama (D)

I've been hearing a fair amount about Barack Obama over the last few months and he's currently being touted as a possible challenger for the Democrat Candidate for President - with a real chance of giving Hilary Clinton a run for her money for the job. He's started getting more attention in the media here in the UK and I was wondering what my American readers thought of him and his chances?

Washington Diary: The Next President? (BBC News Online; Wednesday 13th December 2006)

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lenfant_de_jeu
Dec. 14th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
I keep expecting to find out he's like the Beast's vice-presidential candidate from Transmet.

Turns out he was so "clean" because he was only 2 years old - his brain being grown in a factory out of town... or something like that (going to have to read that series again).

He's a newbie who hasn't had a hard days knock yet. Would love to see how he handles that before I believe any presidential ticket
heliograph
Dec. 14th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Hillary could win the Democratic nomination, but I can't see how she win a national election. She's routinely used as a bogeywoman in mid-west and southern election campaigns.

Obama might be able to win... I dunno. I'm not sure the country isn't xenophobic enough. Despite what the other poster suggests, experience doesn't really matter anymore when you run for office. Voters just have to like you. And he's plenty likable.

From my POV, the most electable Dem currently on the radar is 2004's VP candidate, John Edwards. He's telegenic, white, southern, churchy, yet still hits all the Dem platform points. I suspect his hardest job would be winning the Democratic nomination.
replicantlizard
Dec. 14th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
He's got no chance - his name sounds too much like Osama :)
obake
Dec. 15th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'd love to see him as President. He happens to be an alumnus of my academy, so I know he has a solid, well-rounded early education. I've heard and read many of his speeches and regularly refer to him as Barack "The Man" Obama. He has passion and strikes a good balance of understanding politics and tackling the issues he sees as important.

Unfortunately, he's too young. Politically young that is. Unless he can make a big, strong push (more experience in different committees, more publicity, more media time) in the next year, which it looks like he might be gearing up to do, I don't think he can do it for the next election. He's still too unknown to the spoon-fed-by-FOX-News-American-public who are to lazy or complacent to read a newspaper or news opinion that doesn't just land in their lap.

And speaking of the American public, to whom name recognition is everything, his middle name is Hussein, which, as we all know, is a name of evil, and his last name is Obama, which rhymes with Osama, so it too must be made of evil.
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