Today’s video of the day (which as it turns out, is really more like video of the every-other-day-or-so) comes from the Obama Campaign itself.
If you don’t live in the key early primary state of Iowa, and you’re not a YouTube addict like I am, you may not have seen this moving campaign ad entitled, “What If”:
What struck me most about this video, is that it’s hard to imagine anyone questioning the Senator’s experience, especially when you hear his record spelled out the way it is here. Senator Obama has life experience, and if you’ve taken the time to become really familiar with the Senator, you know that he has the kind of skills and experience that can heal the ugly divisions that have existed so long in America.
The other thing that occurred to me as I watched this video for the first time, is that it’s clear to me that there are two kinds of people in this country – the ones who do and count everything by the numbers – years of experience, number of bills passed, number of degrees, number of businesses ran, etc., and those of us who just know what we know, and know what we’ve read, and believe in what we see.
Many of the people I’ve spoken with over the last several weeks fall into the first group. They simply will not hear of a man, who comes from outside the political establishment, with fresh ideas, a new perspective, and a willingness to get along with everyone. They are more comfortable with all of the political scraping, the name-calling, and the inability to change things or make progress when it comes to the tough problems we face. And worst of all, they just don’t seem to think change is possible.
Of course, I fall into the second group. Not just because I’m a dreamer and an idealist, but because I know we must change; If we’re to end the pointless war in Iraq, and deal with our energy challenges without resulting to brute force we must change; if we’re to do all that we can to ensure that the America of the future is as healthy and educated, and filled with opportunity as the America of the past, we must change. And if we’re to begin to repair the damaged relationships with our friends and allies around the world, we absolutely positively must change.
What if it was as simple as believing in a vision? What if all we had to do as a nation was turn our backs on politics as usual, and embrace a vision of hope, inclusion, and a brighter future? What if there was a man whom by his very nature could champion the causes of the poor, because he’s been there with them, working to solve their problems? What if there was a man who understood at the deepest level how we as a nation, find ourselves where we are in the Middle East, and who understood in a deeper, historical way that the war we’re fighting was unwinnable, and misguided from the start? What if there was a man who could truly bring our nation together, for the first time in our divided history?
Yep. I’m a dreamer, but the dream I dream is not an impossible one, far from it. I, like many others, are confident that those who don’t support the Senator now, simply need to get beyond the soundbites and the media’s constant manipulation of what’s real, and get to the facts to be convinced. I believe that wholeheartedly, which is why I do what I do every day. After years and years of ‘experienced’ politicians, I think we’re ready to try a different way, and of the field of candidates currently seeking the presidency, Senator Obama is the only one who can steer us in the right direction.