I predicted it four years ago. Here’s what I said:
Mark my words – Senator Barack Obama will be president.
He’s articulate, smart, funny, witty and has a smile to die for. He’s well liked by both sides and connects with his constituents in a way that reminds me of Bill Clinton. I met him once before the last election and he was charismatic and charming. He has the marketable skills to go far and the big ideas to move him there. I just wish he was governor of Illinois instead of a freshman senator.
I went on to describe my opinion that governors have an easier time ascending to the Presidency. It is tough for the average person to understand the nuances of senatorial politics and bills. I went on:
It’s going to take an extraordinary person to rise above the confusion of senatorial politics if that person is going to win the White House in the 21st century. Obama might just be that guy.
Just watch his appearance on the John Stewart show. I thought his interview was absolutely dead-on. Obama doesn’t hide behind meaningless babble. He answers Stewart’s questions in a fun and somewhat self-depreciating way. I’ve never seen a senator make fun of the process of being a senator. He gets that the American public think it’s kind of a joke as well.
His analogy about the truck driving into the ditch was dead on. If I was running for President as a Democrat that would be the analogy I’d use constantly. “The Republicans who are driving our war in Iraq ran it like a truck into a ditch. We have to get the truck out of the ditch first and then we have to fire the driver.”
President Obama. Get used to it.
I’m already used to it.