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Barack Obama is the best choice for President.
He speaks with reason and wisdom and walks with the energy of youth. He has succeeded in some of our most testing crucibles: our top universities, our poorest neighborhoods, and the rough politics of one of our largest states. His background, from nature to nurture, is living proof of the power of diversity.
The 20th century taught us, at terrible cost, that all of us live better when opportunities are opened for each of us. United, we stand, divided we fall, from the stock market to the battlefield, the emergency room to the classroom, houses of worship to the houses we call home, and everywhere in between.
Because Obama approaches problems, first, with reason, second, with practicality, and third, with empathy, he is able to find common ground where his rivals too often deepen differences. His positions on the war in Iraq, education, health care, energy, the environment, marriage, and a host of other issues offer enormous improvements on the status quo. More significantly for present purposes, they stand in sharp contrast, particularly on the subject of Iraq, to the deceptively nuanced positions of his chief rival Hillary Clinton (compare, for example, his actual plan for withdrawal from Iraq, with her, promise to make a plan for withdrawal.) They offer the hand of opportunity to the 62 million citizens who voted for George W. Bush, millions of whom will have to vote Democratic next year if we are to win, in contrast to the bitterly polarizing invective of his other main rival, John Edwards (consider, for example, the claim yesterday by Edwards on NBC that there is no need to compromise with drug companies, oil companies, and insurance companies in any discussions about reform, or indeed even include them at the discussion table — a position, he said, that distinguishes him from Obama).
Finally, Obama has the decisive courage required to seize the day. From his decision to forsake the riches of corporate law to teach at the University of Chicago and organize in Chicago’s poor communities, to his later rebound from an election defeat in 2000 to win the 2004 Illinois Democratic Senate primary by 29%, and the general election 70-29 (the largest electoral victory in Illinois history), to his present well-organized, well-funded headline-grabbing national campaign, Obama has displayed a remarkable ability to weave the warp and weft of his fortune with the bright colors of victory.
Reason, pragmatism, empathy, ability and decisive courage: Barack Obama is the best candidate for President.