We are nearing the end of the excruciating anguish of two Bush terms chock-full of gross incompetence and disastrous decisions. Do the Republicans deserve still another chance? No, hardly. It’s time for clear-cut change, which can only happen if we elect someone who can examine issues with a fresh perspective and an open mind, select and consult with highly competent advisors, shun the rampant cronyism and secrecy that has characterized the past eight years, and be trusted not to cater to the powerful and corrupting fat cats, lobbyists and special interests. That person is Barack Obama.
Obama’s background, character, caring attitude, intelligence, experience, temperament and vision make him by far the most qualified candidate to lead our country forward. Being biracial and having lived overseas, he has the unique capacity to heal racial divides and understand perspectives of other countries, enabling us to improve our relationships with them and our sagging image abroad. Widely respected, he has served as editor of the Harvard Law Review and professor of constitutional law. Earlier in his career, he demonstrated his concern for people by choosing to help citizens solve problems at both the community and state levels, when he could have had a lucrative career in the private sector. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, he has been instrumental in getting several major laws passed, including the first major ethics reform since Watergate.
With his calm and open demeanor, he works well with others and, unlike McCain, does not lose his temper. He is an inspirational speaker, a skill critical in leading the nation to make the progressive changes we so desperately need. He has an image of an America that listens and urges the world to work cooperatively, moving in positive, new directions instead of engaging in unnecessary, dangerous and costly preemptive military attacks or cringing in fear. Yes, we must elect Barack Obama as our next president, and your vote is needed to help make that happen.
— Larry Peterson