I first became aware of Obama when my friend Rick Klau blogged about him, and I’ve kept up with his political trajectory since then. I didn’t think he’d be ready to run in this presidential election, but I’m not surprised to see him place his hat in the ring. Is he too inexperienced to be president? Maybe so, but I’m willing to put him at the top of my list for now. Why? Well, he’s obviously smart and he’s an exceptional speaker. And I believe he knows how to inspire people to work together, which is an important aspect of being president. Maybe he doesn’t have enough ‘scar-tissue’ as my friend David recently explained. "Something like a divorce, or maybe a bankruptcy or two," is how he put it.
I’ll concede that Barack Obama doesn’t have much scar-tissue, but I seriously doubt he’s ever going to get divorced or appear in bankruptcy court. But he’s going to get a lot of attention as he campaigns for the most sought-after job in U.S. politics, and he will get inevitably acquire some scar tissue. Maybe he won’t make it to the top this time, but he’ll make it there eventually (his 60 Minutes interview last night shows that he’s not afraid of questions about his political inexperience, or about his ‘youthful indiscretions’).
I admire Barack Obama’s political approach, and I strongly believe he would be a great president. I don’t mind having someone in that position who ‘learns on the job’ as long as they are incisive and learn quickly and don’t make big mistakes. There have been some ‘experienced politicians’ as POTUS who have made some big mistakes, and then failed to admit having made them. "I know that I haven’t spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington," Obama said in his announcement speech, "but I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change."
I’m not waiting for someone versed in the ‘ways of Washington,’ or someone covered with scar-tissue. I am ready for someone who can make a positive change, and someone who has dedicated their life to making positive change. I’m ready for someone who understands the global perspective, someone who has had a distinguished academic background, but who knows how to talk to people in plain English. I’m ready for someone who will grow stronger in an important leadership role, not weaker.
I’m ready for Barack Obama.