Barack Obama- A Modern Day Superhero
On February 10, 2007 Barack Obama officially announced his run for the presidency of the United States of America. He planned to run for president and help lift America out of the crisis it's currently in. If he were to win, he'll be the first African-American president in the history of the United States. The question is, are we ready for one?
As president, Obama plans to improve the economy, security, health care, foreign policy, education, the environment, immigration, end the war in Iraq, and many other important issues (view www.barackobama.com for a full list and his plans).
For around a year and a half, from 2007 to the present, Obama has traveled to numerous states speaking of his ideals. He's made numerous speeches around the country. He's won the support of many influential leaders and speakers like Oprah Winfrey and Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President Kennedy, and he also won the support of many citizens through his ideals, his books, and his promises. His family also helped his campaign by supporting him and giving speeches on his behalf. As a result, his campaign is highly endorsed by many people who wish to see him lead the country to a better day.
As a Democrat, he fought off fellow Democrats John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Tom Vilsack, Mike Gravel, Joseph Biden, Christopher Dodd, and Dennis Kucinich. He's currently fighting Hilary Clinton, who will become the first woman president in U.S. history if she wins, for the top Democratic candidacy. He also fought against these candidates and Republican candidates in numerous debates around the country. He stood his ground, played fair, and fought for what he believed in (using words of course).
Here is a list of his current state and U.S. territories Obama has won:
Iowa Maryland Idaho
South Carolina Virginia Illinois
Alabama Hawaii Kansas
Alaska Wisconsin Minnesota
Colorado Vermont Missouri
Connecticut U.S. Virgin Islands North Dakota
Delaware Wyoming Utah
Georgia Mississippi Louisiana
Washington Nebraska Maine
Washington, D.C Democrats Abroad North Carolina
Support by Race and Gender:
Support by Age:
The Iraq War
From the beginning, Barack Obama ooposed to going to war with Iraq. In 2002, when he was just running for the US senate, he placed his candidacy on the line to speak out against the war, saying it would lead to "an occupation of undetermined length, with undetermined costs and undetermined consequences." However, the war commenced and he was right. Many soldiers, lives, friends, and family members were lost. In 2005 and 2006, he introduced legislation in the senate to withdraw the hardworking soldiers of the US army and worked on making this happen.
As president, one of his main goals is to remove all the troops in Iraq, two combat brigades a month, making it a total of 16 months. He'll keep contact there, make peace in the Middle East, and have a diplomacy with Iraq's hostile neigbors.
The First Black President
If Barack Obama wins the election and becomes president, he'll become the first president of the United States to have African heritage, the first black president.
He is an idol, a role model, and a heroic figure in the eyes of the black community. He has done things that were impossible for a black man just 50 years ago. He gives the blacks, and many other minorities, a promise to have a place to live in that doesn't judge them for the color of their skin, or how they look, but who they are.
As the first black man to ever attempt to become president of the United States, he has faced many questions about his race. However, he doesn't use his black heritage as a sword to win, he writes in his book, explaining his mixed heritage of black, white, and even Indian. He's open about his past and his race for he has nothing to hide. He believes that if everyone has nothing to fear from what people may think about their appearance, the people of the United States, and even the world, could become a more perfect union.
On March 18, 2008, in Philadelphia, Barrack Obama gave his race speech, talking about his own past, what he thought of it, and his hope for them all to become a more perfect union.
Here is an excerpt from his race speech, "Change We Can Believe In":
" We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.
Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.
The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation's original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.
Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution - a Constitution that had at its very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.
And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part - through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk - to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.
This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign - to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together - unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction - towards a better future for our children and our grandchildren."
For the full text, go to: http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGBbKG
For the video go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWe7wTVbLUU
For more speeches by Barack Obama go to- http://www.barackobama.com/tv/ , http://www.starpulse.com/Notables/Obama,_Barack/Videos/
The 21st Century
Being the first black man to ever run for the president of the United States, Barack Obama has shown the world how far the US has progressed. We no longer judge people by their skin and are more open about our heritage. We have kids and adults, alike, of all races with each other no longer aware of skin color. Barack Obama is the product of how the US has progressed. He has support from both black and whites, Asians and Spanish, and people of all races.
His presidential race has caused many people to become involved in politics and where the world is going. People become excited as they near the outcome of this race. We may have our first black president, President Barack Obama, our first woman president, President Hilary Clinton, or our regular run of the mill president, John McCain. This race, the most unpredictable and exciting race of all races, has caught the eye of people who never took time to think about politics and who want change. President Obama would be a big change to the world, adding the next chapter to history.
Barack Obama has made a lot of change in the world. From helping local residents come out from unemployment in his old home of Chicago to spreading his ideals of change all over the country. As the first black man to run for president, he has inspired many people around the globe, giving them hope that they could achieve anything if they tried hard enough.