I was watching the news yesterday and a journalist said something odd. Paraphrased, it goes like “Obama is running ads in South Carolina, a state so red that it is impossible that he win it for the election.” The implication is that he should not waste his money on ads for people who are not going to vote for him.
But, the HUGE point was missed entirely. Barack Obama is not winning the election; he is winning the presidency. He is not after their vote; he need their hearts and minds.
Barack Obama has learned from the 2000, 2004 elections and the Irag War and probably his own marriage. Winning the war, getting married and winning the election is the easy part. Winning the peace, building a relationship, leading a country made up of people with almost polar viewpoints requires leadership beyond getting elected. Americans in red states may not agree with Obama, but he needs their respect as their president to lead.
Wow. If that doesn’t get you thinking Barack Obama is very much ready to lead, I’m not sure what will convince you.