For the very first time in its history, the Chicago Tribune has endorsed the Democratic Party candidate for president. This is a powerful endorsement from an editorial board that knows Obama well. The next time McCain asks, “Who is Barack Obama?” someone should simply hand him this editorial.
On Dec. 6, 2006, this page encouraged Obama to join the presidential campaign. We wrote that he would celebrate our common values instead of exaggerate our differences. We said he would raise the tone of the campaign. We said his intellectual depth would sharpen the policy debate. In the ensuing 22 months he has done just that.
Many Americans say they’re uneasy about Obama. He’s pretty new to them.
We can provide some assurance. We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready.
It is worth your time to click on the link and read the entire editorial. It is one of the most powerful, persuasive endorsements I have read in a long time.