A few months ago, your favorite Senator and mine appeared on The Ellen Show.
As is the custom on her show, Senator Obama arrived on stage in pure Presidential fashion, and then proceeded to “get his boogie on” as if he had been somehow teleported back to a junior highschool dance. I swear I could almost see the awkward junior high girls holding up the walls.
I am endlessly amazed by how ordinary Senator Obama can seem at times, and yet, he has convinced me, and many, many others that he is not only one of the great minds of our time, but also one of our greatest leaders.
I think that one of the things that appeals to so many about Senator Obama is the duality of him; a game of Uno with his daughters, juxtaposed against one of his inspiring, uplifting speeches, all brought together by the common-sense approach he takes to explaining how America got into some of our greatest messes, and what it will take for us to get out of them. Truly amazing, in a man, let alone in a Presidential candidate.
Bemoaning the fate of this country’s apparent inability to elect someone who is not named ‘Clinton’ or ‘Bush’ has been my favorite battle cry since the beginning of my involvement in Senator Obama’s campaign. But it is equally important to me, and I believe to most Americans that the man who leads us into our better future, be a man that we can honestly say we like, respect, admire, and yes, believe in. Someone real. Someone who can shimmy awkwardly across the set of a popular talk show and still look Presidential. Someone like Senator Obama.