I find the candidacy of Obama intriguing on the surface, as I have a natural inclination to cheer for someone of humble origins who tries to break the barriers that skew American politics in favor of those with money. I would also like to live to see the day when the highest offices of American politics have been held - at least once - by persons other than those with white skin, breaking one of the last bastions of white privilege. Finally, Obama has a history of being able to work with members of the Republican party to push forward legislation, a knack for true bipartisanship sorely lacking in this era of polarized American politics.
Yet I cannot help but look at the rather thin resume of Barack Obama and come to the conclusion that the likeable senator is wholly unprepared for the demands of the Oval Office. He served two terms in the Illinois state senate, and has been a US senator for two years.
Obama is an excellent public speaker, and yesterday's announcement was chock full of passages like this that resonate with voters:
All of us know what those challenges are today -- a war with no end, a dependence on oil that threatens our future, schools where too many children aren't learning, and families struggling paycheck to paycheck despite working as hard as they can. We know the challenges. We've heard them. We've talked about them for years.The next president, unfortunately, will need a great deal more than feel-good speeches to fix the problems that face our nation, and Barack Obama has yet to show me that he has the ability and experience to lead this nation.