The decision of Illinois Senator Barack Obama to run for President in 2008 is a case of the right man at the wrong time.
Obama’s political career is only a decade old and though he has the potential to be a great candidate, the decision to run now is a waste of his potential.
Unfortunately, an ugly presidential primary could easily destroy the man’s potential as a future leader of the country. Right now, the major discussion has been regarding his lack of legislative history. He has only served in the United States Senate for two years and only served for eight years in the Illinois General Assembly before that.
Perhaps equally importantly, he has also written two very revealing autobiographies and given right-wing talk show hosts plenty to criticize. He has admitted to using cocaine when he was younger. He has shown weakness and a willingness to learn.
He has the unfortunate stigma of having the middle name Hussein.
Personally, I find his candor refreshing and would like to believe that Americans are ready to elect a man with flaws, who can honestly say that he has reformed and moved on. Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening.
I’d like to believe that he will be able to carry through based on his charisma and strength of character, but it seems very likely that a difficult race could be demoralizing and disenchanting for someone who still believes in the American dream.
Maybe I am too much of a cynic, but I think that if Obama runs for president now, he will never hold a higher office than the one he has now. His lack of experience, at least officially, in world affairs will be held against him.
Of course, what kind of experience does one actually need to be president of the Untied States?
Where do you actually get the experience to deal with world leaders and running an entire country and fighting with Congress?
Unlike many senators, Obama has a background in world events and understanding that goes beyond his own backyard. And, if the voters were actually concerned about such things, they would see that his heritage could be a boon in improving America’s image around the world.
Instead, he will be bogged down with questions of gun control and abortion and drug use and never allowed to adequately put forth a national security policy or a plan to reform the major social issues of our times.
Ultimately, he will be eaten alive by career politicians who are more ready for the back-biting and underhanded sniping that goes into a presidential election. And, if my instincts are any good at all, a good man will be chased out of public service.