A great article in Newsweek gives some good insight into Barack Obama’s personality and background. I believe his heritage gives him a unique perspective on America that would make him a great president. He makes me proud of this country and I think President Obama would raise the world’s opinion of us and repair the damage done by Bush.
For those who dismiss the cult of personality surrounding him, I’d like to point out that every president since Reagan has been elected based on their charisma and likability, not their policy. Bush didn’t win because people agreed with his policies, but because he was the candidate people “wanted to hang out and have a beer with”, while his Democratic opponents seemed cold & stiff.
Obama has a unique ability to unite the country and move beyond partisan bickering. Handling situations with diplomacy and respect rather than bluster & threats will make him a strong and effective leader.