America's Best Choice

As this year's Presidential election continues to gain steam, it becomes more and more important to begin the process of choosing a candidate to support. The fact that theUnited States faces both economic uncertainty and international relations hardships, certainly makes the upcoming election as important as any has ever been. Senator John McCain has all but formally won the Republican nomination for the Presidency, while Senator Barack Obama leads Senator Hilary Clinton heading into the final leg of the campaign season.

All of the candidates have their merits. McCain can hang his hat on his Congressional experience and morality while Clinton's experience with her husband cannot be discounted as beneficial towards a potential Presidency. Despite their relative experience, Barack Obama, is an easy choice as the best candidate in this year's election. Intelligent, charismatic leaders for change come along far too infrequently for a society in need of change. Barack Obama, with his vision for both domestic and foreign policy reform, has emerged as exactly that kind of leader.

Because of his clear desire to change the way Washington does business and his apparent willingness to run a campaign not based on lobby interests or cheap politics, Obama is the President Washington needs. Barack Obama was born August 4, 1961 in Hawaii to Barack Obama Sr and Ann Dunham. His parents separated when he was two and later divorced; his father returned to his homeland of Kenya, while his mother remarried and moved with her her new husband, along with Obama, to Indonesia, where he lived until he was 11 (“Meet Barack”).

He then returned to Hawaii to live with his grandparents, with whom he stayed until he graduated from high school. He matriculated collegiately at Occidental College in Los Angeles and subsequently transferred to Colombia University before his junior year, majoring in political science with a specialization in international relations (“Barack Obama”). Following graduation, he ended up in Chicago, working as a community organizer.

Three years later, he began at Harvard Law school and in 1990, he was elected the first black student president at Harvard Law in its 104 year history (“Meet Barack”). Following graduation, he returned to Chicago, continuing to work in community organization before joining the law firm of Miner, Barnhill, and Galland which afforded him the opportunity to continue his social-minded work . Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996; he served there until November 2004, when he resigned to take his seat in the US Senate.

In July, 2004, Obama wrote and delivered the keynote speech for the Democratic National Convention; the positive reception of that speech launched Obama on the national political stage and boosted him to an easy Senate victory against Republican Alan Keyes (“Barack Obama”). The first step in determining the quality of Barack Obama would be to attempt to unlock any possible meaning from his beginnings. It seems incontrovertible that Obama has a wider world view than his opponents. His father is Kenyan, his step-father Indonesian. Obama is one of the few Presidential candidates to represent the melting pot that is the United States of America.

Furthermore, one must be impressed by his decision to enter community activism after graduating from Columbia, eschewing the richer, more advantageous options afforded to Ivy League graduates. He then moved from the slums of Chicago to the most illustrious Law School in the country, where he was deemed fit enough to be elected student body president, the first African-American to hold that title. If anything, Obama's whirlwind tour through his younger life infers, if nothing else, that there is something extraordinary about him.