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Friday, June 04, 2004


Support Barack Obama

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, June 04, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Over at Daily Kos, there's some discussion about whether Obama Barack needs help to win. Kos is trying to choose two of the "dKos 8" to officially endorse and many of the commentors think that Obama doesn't need any extra push since he has the election "in the bag".

I think that's wrong, and I want to make a special plea to all of us Deaniacs to contribute money to Obama's campaign.

Barack Obama is the son of a Kenyan economist, a principled lawyer who rejected a cushy partnership in order to work the underpaid civil rights beat, and a dedicated public servant. It may shock you to realize this, but if he becomes the Senator from Illinois he will be the sole black Senator. This isn't about a quota but rather a case of a supremely qualified man who deserves to win, far more than his super-funded Republican businessman opponent, because Obama will work for the betterment of the State of Illinois and a truly progressive national agenda.

Read Obama's personal statement at Daily Kos, and this biography at his campaign website, and learn more about him.

And then, please donate money to his campaign, because of all seats at stake, this one is one of the most important for real change and also the most symbolic. Like Senator Paul Simon before him, a beloved figure of Illinois politics by Democrats and Republicans alike, Obama has the potential to be a true reach-across-the-aisle builder of unity, in the true Dean Nation tradition of being for America as a whole, not just blue or red state divisions.

Illinois is my home state, where I was born. It is a noble land with a history of great statesmen leading the nation - both in the Senate and the Oval Office. Obama is the heir to that tradition and deserves our support.


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