POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Washington Post endorses Barack Obama

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 18, 2008

Washington Post Editorial …

Barack Obama for President

  • it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.
    • The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain’s disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president.
    • It is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race.
  • Mr. Obama is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building.
  • Mr. Obama has the potential to become a great president.
  • Overshadowing all of these policy choices may be the financial crisis and the recession it is likely to spawn. 
    • It is almost impossible to predict what policies will be called for by January, but certainly the country will want in its president a combination of nimbleness and steadfastness — precisely the qualities Mr. Obama has displayed during the past few weeks. 
    • Mr. McCain has little interest in economics and no apparent feel for the topic.
  • Mr. Obama’s temperament is unlike anything we’ve seen on the national stage in many years. He is …
    • deliberate but not indecisive; 
    • eloquent but a master of substance and detail;
    • confident but eager to hear opposing points of view.
  • Barack Obama has inspired millions of voters of diverse ages and races, no small thing in our often divided and cynical country. 
  • he is the right man for a perilous moment.

Read the entire editorial at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/16/AR2008101603436.html

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