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Friday, January 4, 2008

Dodd and Biden are Gone

Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut abandoned his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after a poor showing in Iowa’s precinct caucuses.

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden abandoned his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after a poor showing in the state's caucuses.

They both dropped, read all about it.


Richard said...

I was surprised about Biden dropping out. I thought he would have stayed into New Hampshire.

Anyway, both men accomplished what they needed to do - get their names out there for a VP spot in a few months.

If Obama gets nominated, maybe to counter this (false) "no experience" label, he may pick someone like Biden or Dodd to help bolster him up in that department.

Will Conway said...

Yeah, I guess.

But could you please explain what experience he does have? I mean I'm clearly missing something...

Richard said...

Barack Obama's life has been an amazing journey. He's lived a real life; he's struggled; he's seen what it's like to be down and out.

I don't want to give his whole story (though, I probably will), but I'll try to give a little summary.

This is a man who was born to a white Kansas college student and her husband from Kenya in Hawaii. When Barack was born, many states in the South would have forbidden his parents' marriage because a black man marrying a white woman was seen as morally wrong.

When Barack was 2, his dad divorced and went back to Kenya, and Barack's mother eventually married an Indonesian. Barack and his family moved to Indonesia, and he spent 4 years or so living in a Muslim country with immense poverty. Later, he went back to live with his white grandparents, going to a school where he was one of two black students.

While in Hawaii, he struggled against serious questions of his identity. He wasn't white, nor was he black. He had only seen his father once since his parents' divorce when he was 2. Barack faced serious challenges, and yes, he even did experiment with drugs. But, luckily for Barack and the country, he pulled himself together.

After being admitted to Columbia, Barack could have chosen to use his knowledge and degree to get a job on Wall Street. Instead, he went to inner-city Chicago to help people in a neighbourhood that faced unemployment, crime, and a severe identity crisis (to this, Barack could relate) after the closing of a factory which employed many of the community's residents.

Barack worked with churches, schools, and community organizations as a community organizer, getting low-level pay for intense and frustrating work. He persisted, however, and was able to do things such as take on landlords who refused to clear aspestos in apartment complexes by involving both the media and the community.

Eventually, after some personal struggle, Barack decided to go to Harvard Law school for a Law Degree. But, again, instead of getting a high-paying job in the suburbs, Obama returned to Chicago and worked as a civil rights attorney.

Eventually, Obama ran for the Illinois state senate, and won. He continued his work as a tireless advocate for community cohesiveness, a protection of people's fundamental rights, working to protect jobs, and a hope that we can all come together and do great things. And then, as you know in 2004, he was elected to the United States Senate, where he has continued his work.


Ok, so he hasn't spent x years married to the President of the United States and Governor of Arkansas. No, he hasn't spent 35 years in the Senate.

BUT, Obama gets it. He understands real people's concerns. He knows the challenges they face. Why? Because he's one of them, too. He has this humility about him that I think that "lifelong politicians" lose. Barack needs to be President of the United States. We'll lose so much if he doesn't get there.

Now, I guess the Obama campaign should hire me to be his unofficial biographer!