Barack Obama took the first step today in preparation to run for president in ’08, by filing papers creating a presidential exploratory committee.
Obama, a 45-year-old with little more than two years into his Senate term, is the most inexperienced candidate considering a run for the Democratic nomination. He quickly rose to national prominence, beginning with his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and his election to the Senate that year, but still is an unknown quantity to many voters.
On his website, Obama claimed in a video and text post, “I certainly didn’t expect to find myself in this position a year ago. I’ve been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics. So I’ve spent some time thinking about how I could best advance the cause of change and progress that we so desperately need.”
AP noted that “Obama tried to turn his biggest weakness — his lack of experience in national politics — into an asset by criticizing the work of those who have been in power.”
I’m not on the Obama bandwagon, for many reasons including the fact that I believe that weakness, is one that will play out in the primaries as other more experienced candidates begin to debate the issues. After the years of ineptitude of the Bush administration will need a president who has experience on all fronts, most notably foreign policy. Obama is not that candidate and when I look at the field of potentials, there’s only one potential candidate in my book that has what it takes — John Kerry.
The media has hyped the Obama factor to the extreme and frankly it’s all incredibly overblown at this juncture. Good luck to Obama, the experience will, if nothing else give him a little more under his belt if he should decide to give it a whirl again in ’12 or ’16, but for now, he’s simply too green.