OBAMA ENDORSEMENTS, CHAPTER 5
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CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER:
Plain Dealer endorses Obama for president
Posted by The editors October 18, 2008
Members of The Plain Dealer's editorial board voted on this endorsement. They are Publisher Terrance C.Z. Egger, Editor Susan Goldberg, Editorial Page Director Brent W. Larkin, Deputy Editorial Page Director Kevin O'Brien and Associate Editors Sharon Broussard, Christopher Evans, Joe Frolik and Elizabeth Sullivan.
After eight years of George W. Bush, America needs a change in direction and a change in tone.
It needs a president who understands that, yes, the world can be dangerous, but it is also complex. That the United States cannot defend its freedom by abandoning its principles. That it cannot ignore its allies one day and demand their help the next.
It needs a president who knows that optimism, not fear, defines America. That tax cuts and deregulation alone are not an economic strategy. That Washington cannot sit idle when a great city is devastated by nature or when millions of hardworking Americans are devastated by losing their homes, their jobs, their health care.
It needs a president who will listen and learn, and not confuse loyalty with competence. Who will ask Americans to sacrifice in the service of their country, not their party or self-interest. Who will be the leader Bush promised eight years ago--a unifier, not a divider.
Barack Obama can be that leader. He is young and obviously cannot match the government experience of his Republican opponent, John McCain. But from the moment he electrified the 2004 Democratic Convention by declaring that America's shared values must trump its racial, religious and ideological divisions, Obama has demonstrated uncommon grace, confidence and intelligence.
Obama has challenged Americans to dream and to hope, to be realistic in the face of great problems and to trust in one another. To minorities and other Americans on the margins, he offers living proof that this nation can fulfill its ideals. To the world, he offers quite literally a different face, one that embodies America's diversity and boundless opportunity.
That is a recipe for the fresh leadership this nation desperately needs. And it is why we urge his election as the 44th president of the United States.
Like you, we have watched this presidential campaign unfold for almost two full years. We have listened to the candidates, read their position papers, studied their backgrounds. We have watched them debate. We have seen them react when things were going well and when they were not. We have seen them choose running mates who could be asked to lead this nation on a moment's notice.
We find much to admire about both Obama and McCain. Obama's background is an only-in-America amalgam of Kansas and Kenya, Hawaii and Indonesia, Harvard Yard and Hyde Park. McCain is every bit as much a biographer's dream: a son and grandson of admirals who embraced their tradition of service, then forged his own through war, the Hanoi Hilton and 26 years in Congress. Traveling very different paths, each man has come to know and to benefit from the best of this country.
Having endorsed McCain and Obama in their respective party primaries, we have little doubt that either could serve capably as president. Certainly, either would be a huge improvement over the incumbent.
We also believe that either would govern more effectively and lead more inclusively than they have campaigned these last two months. They had better, because this fall has degenerated into a disappointing cacophony of attack ads and banality.