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Barack Obama spoke in Portland today after receiving the endorsement of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in a surprisingly thrilling speech before a packed house at Memorial Coliseum.

I decided not to fight the crowds, but more than one of my coworkers went, and all agree that all the speeches were inspiring, and that Obama was electrifying. I like to think that the oh-so-left-wing audiences they find here in Portland put them at their ease by giving them an overwhelmingly warm reception.

I've been reserving judgment on the presidential race to far, partly because Oregon's primaries mean very litter. But now I'm thinking that Obama/Richardson would make a dream ticket.

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prime_meridian
Mar. 22nd, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
I wish I could overcome my ambivalence towards Obama. My assistant has spent months proselytizing which hasn't done much to win me over. ::grin:: I know he's a wonderful speaker, and advocates change, but I haven't heard much in the way of specifics. Still, he seems like the best choice among the options left, and he's got an IQ bigger than the caliber of is favorite automatic weapon.

Ah well, one of these days I'll be inspired to believe the Dems can get their act together and lead this country again.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Hah!

he's got an IQ bigger than the caliber of is favorite automatic weapon

Good one!

I agree with you completely about Obama. I'm concerned about the lack of specifics. I was an Edwards supporter till all hope ran out, and I tried to like Hillary if for no other reason than feminism (which wasn't quite enough of a reason). I liked Dodd well, but that was hopeless from the beginning. I've always liked Richardson.

But Obama's what we've got, basically, and he's a damn good orator. Since the Dems can't yank themselves off their right-of-center, cowering, post-9/11 stance, a damn good orator saying things that sound like real Democratic things is better than nothin'.

But I'll be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for good rhetoric.
prime_meridian
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was pretty much my experience too (Edwards, then short-term thoughts of Hillary). I had delusions of an Obama/Edwards ticket for a bit, but I don't think there's any chance of that either. So all things being equal, Richardson as a second would be a pretty strong option.

roseambr
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I know just what you mean about being swayed by good retoric. If the guy can have the courage to stand up and say some truths that all other politicians have been afraid to utter I am in his court. So far, his dreams and promises are big but even those are bravely stated. He doesn't seem to be afraid of what his colleagues are saying and he is taking a stand for change. If it's one thing this country is desperately needing, it's change.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
There's really no question that 70% of the nation is ready for change, and frankly if Obama is smart enough to talk about it openly, then he deserves the votes. Doing something about it is another question, one I reserve judgment on until he's in office, but the very fact that he's in-touch enough to market himself as the agent of change tells me that he may be smart enough to be president.
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