Sunday, January 27, 2008

Obama Wins South Carolina

It's no surprise that Barack Obama won South Carolina’s primary election, winning 44 of 46 counties and soundly beating Hillary Clinton.

In South Carolina the fact is Hillary Clinton is just not our kind of girl and John Edwards is old news.

So why did Obama win where Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton could never muster a respectable showing? Could it be that non of us ever bought into the angry Rainbow Collation, and preaching from the pulpit in a shrill and angry voice?

Did you notice that Obama never played the race card. He made no comment about the Tiger Woods lynching comment and never weighed in on the Don Imus nappy head hoes controversy. Did you notice Obama never once made an issue of the Confederate Flag?

And then there was Hillary giving Obama a severe tongue lashing with Barrack looking almost stunned, as if he were a mere freshmen boy being lectured by a senior class woman. Those who watched the debate may have related to his plight.

Maybe we are all just really tired of angry people?

When Barrck Obama made his second South Carolina rally in Orangeburg, my wife and I were on our way to Charlotte so we made a detour in order to attend the rally.

I’m not a political groupie, even if I do have a photo of my son sitting in a golf cart with Bill Clinton. We were just curious and wanted to see who this guy Obama was and what was on his mind. I even shook his hand while standing in a sea of color, we were truly two of only a handful people in a crowd of black.

But even in Orangeburg, Obama’s message was not that of Jackson, Sharpton or even Dr. King it was a message of Change and Hope.

As we walked out of the rally back in November of last year, I turned to my wife and said, “I think I just shook hands with the next president of the United States.

"Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.

We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960." - Caroline Kennedy

From the N.Y. Times essay titled "A President Like My Father"

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