I’m watching Barack Obama announce his candidacy for the office of President of the United States.Â He’s an excellent speaker, and he certainly is putting on a good show with this speech.Â He’s a man who is very aware of the importance of symbolism.Â Â Of analogies. Of location.Â Â Â He is giving the speech in Springfield, Illinois where Abraham Lincoln gave his “house divided against itself” speech.
His rhetoric is very much about working together.Â For example: “That’s why I’m here.Â Not just to hold an office but to gather with you to transform a nation.”
He ended his speech with a phrase you don’t hear very often from politicians.Â “I love you.”Â I don’t know why that struck me as almost funny.Â When he talked about how he has been against the war in Iraq since the beginning, he was getting in a dig at Hillary Clinton who voted for the war.
I think Obama hit a home run with the speech.Â He touched on all the major “progressive” talking points.Â He mentioned his Christianity and God often enough toÂ calm anyone who questions his religion.Â His wife and two daughters were there with him – presenting a nice family unit.Â
As a conservative, I believe that Obama would be more formidable opponent in 2008 than either Hillary Clinton or John Edwards.Â
And yes, he WAS clean and articulate, too.