Wednesday, June 04, 2008


"This Is Our Time"

Ideology and partisanship aside, I am glad to congratulate Barack Obama as the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. From the moment he stepped on the national scene four years ago, it was obvious he was the future of the Democrats.

The future arrived earlier than anyone could have imagined. As the saying goes, fortune favors the bold.

He did what the "experts" (including yours truly) never thought possible -- not merely beating the Clinton machine, but also ending the Boomer political culture it embodied.

For this post-boomer, black, immigrant and others of us out there, Obama's words resonate:

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.
This isn't an endorsement of Barack Obama for president -- yet --but it is a tip of the cap to someone who has combined remarkable charisma, a superb organization and a fundraising capability for the ages into a truly potent mixture -- enabling him to become the first black/African-American/biracial/whatever nominee of a major party.

Barack Obama -- a new wonderful chapter in the American story.

UPDATE: An old boss summarizes the Obama moment.

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