Saturday, February 10, 2007

Obama to run

As expected Barack Obama today announced his candidacy for the next President of the US. There's an interesting piece about him in today's Grauniad. He seems like a man of conviction, honesty, and realistic optimism, surprisingly so in some respects. His autobiography, "Dreams of my Father" (his father left home when he was a child), details his reliance on cocaine, marijuana and alcohol for a time during his childhood. But at least it is he who has revealed this. Elsewhere he seems to have a patchy record in the Senate, at times favouring political loyalty over personal conviction. None the less, to me he represents a better prospect than Hillary Clinton.

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