We would have preferred that Obama have more experience before becoming president and we don't agree with some of his positions -his views on taxation and on removing the secret ballot in union organizing, for example. But he can make up for his limited experience by surrounding himself with experienced people who have good analytical skills and are committed to telling the president what he needs to know, not what he wants to hear--advisers he can trust, not ideologues.
Democrats are expected to retain control of the House of Representatives and possibly increase their majority in the Senate. But political realities require that the next president work in the center of the spectrum, where most Americans reside. Extremism on the right and the left will need to yield to common sense solutions in the middle. With his great ability to communicate, Obama can accomplish that. He has all the qualities to be a great president. It's up to him.
The Pantagraph endorses Barack Obama for president.
CT, Norwich Bulletin
It's about choosing the individual who can best address the serious challenges facing this nation, both home and abroad. We believe that person is Barack Obama and we endorse his candidacy for president of the United States.
Growth during campaign. Throughout the course of this campaign, and still today, the freshman senator's experience and capabilities have been called into question. During the past 19 months, we have been impressed with his growth as a candidate for the nation's highest office. He clearly has demonstrated, first through a hard-fought Democratic primary and later during the general election campaign with his Republican rival, that he is both fit and capable to serve.
Obama has run an impressive campaign, capturing the hopes of Americans yearning for change and inspiring Americans to believe positive change can happen.
He has shown himself to be a thoughtful, deliberate, intelligent candidate who understands our nation's priorities in terms of the domestic problems we face with our economy, to his abilities abroad to mend our broken relationships with allies along with the fortitude and strength necessary to deal with those who wish to be our enemies.
His selection of U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., as his running mate, adding further strength to the Democratic ticket, was sound judgment. Any lingering doubts of his ability to serve as commander-in-chief were washed away by the recent endorsement of former secretary of state, retired Gen. Colin Powell.
We are confident the judgment Obama has demonstrated during this campaign will serve him well. He will face enormous challenges in trying to implement all the programs he has championed during his campaign. The nation's fiscal health will force him to prioritize and compromise.
The Optimist, the student newspaper of Abilene Christian University, and another longtime Republican endorser: "We are drawn to Obama also because of his ability to mend America's damaged image throughout the globe during Bush's years at the helm. Obama is a cosmopolitan who has shown time and time again that he will work with our allies and take steps away from the calloused and condescending foreign policy of McCain and the man he voted with 89 percent of the time since 2001."
Tadias Editorial, an Ethiopian Pubication, NY
February 4th, 2008
New York (Tadias) - This year Ethiopian Americans will participate in one of the most exciting and consequential elections in decades. Both candidates would make dynamic presidents. And, if elected, will make history. We have no difficulty in selecting which one of two will eventually become a more powerful historical figure. We strongly endorse Senator Barack Obama.
The senator from Illinois distinguishes himself by appealing to basic human decency. He transcends false divisions rooted on race, language, gender, region and religion. His public service record in Chicago, his time as a civil rights lawyer, his years as constitutional law professor, and his Senate experience all prove that Obama is a seasoned candidate who can bring about much needed change in American politics. Senator Obama has demonstrated passion and dedication on issues that are important to Ethiopian Americans, such as immigration, education and health care.