Barack is Still My Man
When Hillary Clinton was running against Barack Obama in the primary for the presidential election in 2008, she was my champion. Hillary was the utmost as our first lady. Her work and presentation on universal health care was brilliant. Her motives were genuine. Hillary Clinton worked night and day to make something happen that would be good for all Americans. I hung on every word that was televised and flinched when senators, congressmen and representatives did not embrace her proposal with the gratitude and respect it deserved.
I voted for Hillary in the primaries and did not even pay attention to the man who would run against her. I didn’t know anything about that man; he was a stranger without a chance. As Barack Obama became renowned, I watched him with interest, but did not consider him a serious candidate. My loyalty to Hillary was still absolute. As the primary election loomed closer, it was clear that Obama was a viable candidate. I watched their final debate before the primary election and flinched at the tone of Hillary’s voice as she disagreed with Barack when the topic was foreign affairs. I thought she came across a bit coarse. I also thought Obama said “Uh” too much. As I was adjusting to Barack Obama as a serious contender, and paying more attention to his content, I found I agreed with his position on many things. I did not consider him a winning candidate because of the critical nature of our foreign affairs and his lack of experience in foreign affairs.
Hillary got my vote; she was going to win, for sure. I was energized because of my confidence that soon, Hillary would lead our nation in a better direction and I was looking forward to the Clintons moving into the White House again.
Regrettably, my candidate did not win. In fact, I knew she would not win as soon as Ted Kennedy and Oprah Winfrey endorsed Barack Obama. I tried to understand Ted’s and Oprah’s motivations. They were both people that had my attention and respect.
Barack Obama became my candidate. I had a lingering concern about his foreign policy and affairs experience, but at the same time, I was reassured by his history. He is man who was raised by a single mother and grandparents. The fact that he is bi-racial, gives him insight to many of the citizens of the nation he serves. I am still certain Barack Obama was the best candidate. As the presidential election became closer, the biggest concern was that McCain would win by a small margin and Sarah Palin would be a “heartbeat” away from the presidency. I could not get my head around the possibility that our nation would select such a shallow person. I also lost additional respect for John McCain in his running mate selection.
Fortunately, Barack Obama won. He took office as a financial catastrophe was emerging; we were immersed in two wars; fearful of terrorism and racial inequalities still keep us from a unified goal.
Barack Obama eased concern about his foreign affairs experience by appointing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and she has been brilliant. Our economy will not recover on cuts alone. There are minimums required to survive. The time is coming when there is no more money in the budget to cut, and we just have to get out there and earn some money.
Barack Obama understands this, and Barack Obama has my complete loyalty and support.