In December 2007, The Eisenthal Report endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States. TER reiterates that endorsement - emphatically.
During this campaign, Sen. Obama has continued to demonstrate those qualities of leadership, intellect, and eloquence that were so attractive in December 2007. As TER pointed out,
Sen. Obama has demonstrated those persuasive powers beyond this observer's wildest expectations.
Beyond these qualities, Sen. Obama has demonstrated the judgment and temperament that we should want in a President. His selection of Delaware Senator Joseph Biden as his running mate is the most important demonstration of Presidential judgment so far. Obama has also demonstrated a thoughtfulness and a cool under pressure that remind this observer of John F. Kennedy. We can hope that a President Obama will not be tested in the way that President Kennedy was tested in the Cuban Missile Crisis, but we can feel comfortable that the response would be similar.
The contrast between Sen. Obama and his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, is striking. While McCain's maverick toughness may be admirable in many ways, it does not seem as well suited for executive leadership as it does for service in the United States Senate. One can also question whether the mercurial and impulsive tendencies that McCain has demonstrated are what we want to see in a President. Those tendencies were demonstrated most spectacularly, in this observer's view, by McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin - someone utterly unsuited for the Presidency - as his running mate.
Sen. McCain has been touting his experience as superior to that of Sen. Obama. While experience is not unimportant, it should not be overrated either. Some of our worst Presidents - Buchanan and Hoover, for example - were highly experienced public servants.
Judgment and temperament are far more important qualities in a President - in these, Sen. Obama clearly outshines Sen. McCain.
November 4 fast approaches. The Eisenthal Report urges a vote for the Obama-Biden ticket for President and Vice President.