The above video is an announcement of Oprah Winfrey's intentions to hit the campaign trail with '08 presidential hopeful Barack Obama. I thought the discussion being had was quite enlightening- it brought up were many pros and cons I had never considered about the situation, such as the fact that Oprah very possibly could draw many into politics who never gave it much thought. But as the title of this post suggests, this piece is on the question of Oprah's intentions.
I would like to try and dispel this notion that Oprah is campaigning for Obama simply because he's black. Given the fact that he is the first presidential candidate to receive Oprah's blessing, at least in this fashion, I could see some of the logic in that. But anyone looking at the big picture would surely see that Obama being black has nothing to do with it. It's the man that Obama is that warrants Oprah's attention, or so I believe. Not since John F. Kennedy has a politician in this country so inspired the people- and that's just not debatable. Obama's charisma, his presence is what sets him apart from the rest of his competitors. Obama has incited hope in people who had all but given up hope and confidence in our political system. And even if Winfrey was going out for Obama because of race, as a black person or any minority, would we not, on some levels have a right to do that? Every race tends to stick with their own first and foremost even if we try not to believe it. And at this point, I'm not sure the majority of the white candidates have what is necessary to pull blacks or other minorities away from that.
In my eyes, this coming election there will only be two choices, "the same old, same old" or "something new". Barack Obama is something new. I want someone to explain to me the pros and cons of voting Democrat and Republican over the two, five or ten years. Explain to me what the constant bickering and ceaseless 'tug-o-war' that is our congress has done for America. Speaking generally, the Republicans and Democrats collectively have given us the war in Iraq, broken immigration laws, and the joke that is our economy. All I'm saying is put a man in the oval office that at least won't go along with the flow because I'm sorry, if you think any of the other candidates won't do just that, you've not paid much attention to politics in the past.
Obama bashers are certainly entitled to their opinions(I very much take entertainment from them) but I just really can't help feeling saddened that they would willingly settle for less, for the alternative/s that have already gotten us to such a low point in our American history. Give him a chance, people!
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