May 21, 2008
Dear Senator Obama:
Congratulations on your spectacular victory in the primary battle against one of the most powerful political machines, the Clintons. Your campaign reflects the attitude of most Americans about true change in American government and politics. It is very likely that you will be our next President if you remain true to your principals which is the very reason that you got the nomination.
Now that you are moving into the next phase of your campaign, I strongly advise you to use the same strategy in the national election. There is no reason for you to move to any arbitrary perception of the so-called "center." It is a myth created by the media along with the help of the Republican Party. The only responsibility you have in this campaign is to speak the truth as you see it as passionately as you have in the past. If you compromise those principals and say things that you do not really support, you will lose the grass roots supports that you desperately need to win in November. I believe that sincerity will circumvent any political attacks that you may get.
Truth is an absolute defense to anything that you do in life. It is very difficult to advance a cause that one does not have unconditional belief. That has been the problem with the other failed Presidential candidates. If history has taught us anything about Presidential politics it is that the move to the so-called "center" is a prescription for failure no matter who is the messenger.
When you become the President-elect, I strongly advise you to look beyond your campaign advisors, elected officials, and old guard Democrats as potential cabinet appointments. Running the government is serious business and appointments other than ambassadors should be awarded to the most capable people including fresh young faces. Modern Presidents do not have all the requisite skills to oversee all aspects of government. As we have painfully experienced in the last 7+ years, political appointments of cronies is a ticket to disaster. The 9/11 attack was completely avoidable if the August 2001 PDB was communicated properly to the President by Condoleza Rice, Bush's NSA. Had they warned the airlines and our air defense group of the Bin Ladin threat, these attacks would have been intercepted in advance. The Katrina disaster is another example of a disaster that could have been avoided with competent cabinet appointments.
I wish you the best of luck in the upcoming campaign and will be available at your pleasure for any help or advice.
Air America Radio
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