Barack Obama is a name we all know very well, epically since he has just announced the formation of his Presidential Exploratory Commission to look into the feasability of entering the 2008 Presidential Race. But exactly what do we know about the Junior Senator from Illinois. He was elected to the Senate in 2004 and previously was a member of the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004. His public career has been short, but effective.
No one can argue that Barack Obama does not have the educational background, that many would consider important in a President. Barack Obama is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii and he receive his early education there and in Jakarta Indonesia. He began his college career at Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif., and continued at Columbia University, New York City and attended Harvard Law School where he became president of the Harvard Law Review, and received his J.D. in 1992. His field of expertise is constitutional law, a definite plus in this day and age with all the controversy going on regarding the issue of income tax reform.
Barack Obama has a good attendance record in the 109th Congress, missing less than 2 per cent of the vote. Many people par a lot of credence to this type of statistic, but when you consider the quality of some of the motions being voted on, things like should a Senate bill be combined with a House bill for example, it is more the type of votes that they do not attend than the number. In the 109th Congress he voted yes on the secure fence act, legislation would allow federal funding for research on stem cell lines derived from embryos that would otherwise be destroyed, to calling on the President to withdraw the troops from Iraq, with no set deadline, to tightening border security and establishing guest worker and “path to citizenship” programs, to modifying the Patriot Act, to a ban on cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees, He did vote the party line on all off these and on all but one of his no votes.
Is Barack Obama ready to be President?
He has the knowledge, and the ideas to make a change in the direction the country is on. He has said in his announcement “We have to change our politics, and come together around our common interests and concerns as Americans.”, but does he have the experience to make it happen. With all the differences that exist, it will not be and easy task, one that I think we all wish would happen. Barack Obama has the right ideas and the dedication to work hard to make his ideas come to life, the only thing I would question is his experience and know how that are necessary to bring about the changes we need.
He has less than 2 years to first convince his fellow Democrats and if he succeeds there, the rest of America that he is the one who can get us back on track. We will have to pay attention to everything he has to say and weigh everything he says very carefully. Whether or not he succeeds, his participation will have a tremendous impact on the election and his ideas could very well be a part of the next administration, whether it is his or not.