July 28, 2004

The Future

Just in case you didn't see the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention last night...

Ladies and gentleman, I give you the first Black President of the United States: Barack Obama.

The son of a Kansas mom & a Kenyan dad, raised in Chi-town, and the former editor of the Harvard Law Review, Brother Obama is currently an Illinois state senator. This spring, he was one of six candidates running in the Democratic primary for Illinois's open seat in the U.S. Senate.

Against 5 other white candidates, Obama got 53% of the vote statewide.

And then, Obama's Republican adversary in the general election, Jack Ryan, recently imploded. Why? Because he was running as a family values conservative until the paperwork from his divorce from Jeri Ryan (yes, THIS Jeri Ryan)....

...revealed that part of their separation was her objection to his desire to take her to a sex club for public nookie.

Oh, and THEN the Republicans tried to recruit Mike Ditka (yes, THIS Mike Ditka)...

.....to run against Obama. Ditka declined.

If elected, Obama will be only the 3rd African American to serve in the Senate in American history.

The man has the juice. Look for him to take the Oath of Office in 2012 (after Kerry/Edwards are re-elected).

Don't believe me?

Check out the brother's speech.

"It’s not enough for just some of us to prosper. For alongside our famous individualism, there’s another ingredient in the American saga.

A belief that we are connected as one people. If there’s a child on the south side of Chicago who can’t read, that matters to me, even if it’s not my child. If there’s a senior citizen somewhere who can’t pay for her prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it’s not my grandmother. If there’s an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It’s that fundamental belief—I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sisters’ keeper—that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. “E pluribus unum.” Out of many, one.

Yet even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America—there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America. The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America."

He's the real deal.