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New York Times Endorses Barack Obama

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Posted on Oct 23, 2008
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This news isn’t going to make certain members of the Republican Party like the Gray Lady any more than they already do, which is not at all: The New York Times’ editorial board has officially endorsed Barack Obama for president.


The New York Times:

As tough as the times are, the selection of a new president is easy. After nearly two years of a grueling and ugly campaign, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has proved that he is the right choice to be the 44th president of the United States.

Mr. Obama has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change. He has shown a cool head and sound judgment. We believe he has the will and the ability to forge the broad political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation’s problems.

In the same time, Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism. His policies and worldview are mired in the past. His choice of a running mate so evidently unfit for the office was a final act of opportunism and bad judgment that eclipsed the accomplishments of 26 years in Congress.

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By Sarah, October 27, 2008 at 6:33 am Link to this comment
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I really hope you win you are a seem wonderful and I think you would make the best president I wish you the best of luck and if McCain wins i am moving out of the U.S. he is just another Bush and we don’t need that Good Luck Barack Obama…

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By WARIS SHERE, October 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment
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At this point in time in the United States history, Brack Obama, the first black charismatic
Democratic nominee of his party has the ability to channel Americans’ hopes and rally the
public, irrespective of faith and colour, when the winds are picking up and the clouds keep on
darkening. Barack Obama’s
unusual background undoubtedly plays a significant role here. Barack Obama is the son of a
black
father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas — as the nation’s representative to the high
office.
  A graduate from Columbia and Harvard universities, he became the first black president
of the Harvard Law Review and worked for much of his career at the University of Chicago. He
knows that simple divisions badly disserve human realities. In his book “The Audacity of Hope”,
he asks for a politics that accepts “the possibility that the other side might sometimes have a
point”. 
In its endorsement New York Times Editorial Board writes: “As tough as the times are, the
selection of a new president is easy. After nearly two years of a grueling and ugly campaign,
Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has proved that he is the right choice to be the 44th
president of the United States. Mr. Obama has met challenge after challenge, growing as a
leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change. He has shown a cool
head and sound judgment. We believe he has the will and the ability to forge the broad
political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation’s”.
According to Chicago Tribune, “We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his
moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready. The
change that Obama talks about so much is not simply a change in this policy or that one. It is
not fundamentally about lobbyists or Washington insiders. Obama envisions a change in the way
we deal with one another in politics and government. His opponents may say this is empty,
abstract rhetoric. In fact, it is hard to imagine how we are going to deal with the grave
domestic and foreign crises we face without an end to the savagery and a return to civility in
politics.”
Recently Barack Obama gave a historical speech of superb significance that matches Kennedy,
Lincoln, and Jefferson
and that has changed the way Americans talked about the great racial issues of their day. It
was
all the more remarkable because, while Kennedy presided over what may have been the greatest
speech-writing team in electoral history, Obama—like Lincoln—wrote his address himself,
by all accounts.
John F. Kennedy’s address on Catholicism and politics in 1960 forever altered the way we think
about
religion and public office. Barack Obama went on to build on that concept, invoking the
authority of his own mixed heritage. Never any candidate for national high office has ever
spoken so realistically about race as it is lived as a fact of life in America. Words do
matter, and these four, Obama, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Jefferson demonstrate the point. In the
final analysis, the nation needs a chief executive who has the temperament and the nerves to
shepherd Americans through what promises to be a grueling period — and who has the vision to
restore this country to its place of leadership in the world. Such a leader is at hand who has
the ability to channel Americans’ hopes and rally the public together, concludes Globe in its
endorsement for Barack Obama.

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By Alan, October 24, 2008 at 8:19 am Link to this comment
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I would think now that an Obama victory is highly likely.  He is heavily endorsed
by the establishment (McCain has made himself the candidate of the troglodyte right).
As the establishment candidate (who offers as does McCain his support for
the mythical oxymoron “clean coal”) we won’t expect a “new deal” from Obama
but at least he probably won’t sink the ship like more McBush would!

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