In the fall of 2005 we went to a “Countdown to Victory Rally” near our hometown. There were some Democratic US Senators there, most notably Barack Obama. I’d heard of him, but hadn’t heard him speak before.
it was a small rally.
Obama energized the crowd with his charisma. I’d never seen anything like it before and doubt I will ever see it again in my lifetime. Before long the crowd was chanting “Obama! Obama! Obama!
My first thought was, this guy will be president one day. He’s the man to fix everything. His message was one of hope. He didn’t bang on the Republicans or Bush or complain about the past, he talked about making lives better for the poor, universal health care, balancing the budget. It was the first time I ever felt a vibe of integrity coming from a politician.
After the rally we went to where they were getting into their cars and got to shake Obama’s hand. Got an autograph.
A lot of people laughed when I came back from that rally saying he’s going to be president one day. Yesterday, he made the announcement, he’s running in ’08.
I hope I’m right about my first impression. And I hope it happens for him, for all of us. In ’08.