United States presidential election, 2008 / Obama should be elected

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Position: Obama should be elected

This position addresses the topic United States presidential election, 2008.


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Quotes-start.png "The issues and the superiority of the Obama-Joe Biden team have become clearer than ever in the past few days. Obama spoke the unvarnished truth when he called the need for a record-breaking economic rescue plan a "final judgment." It was a sweeping verdict not just on the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush but also on the Republican deregulatory obsessions that Sen. John McCain has shared broadly." Quotes-end.png
From P-I endorsement: Elect Obama, by Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial board (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 6, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Political fire, far from rattling Mr Obama, seems to bring out the best in him: the furore about his (admittedly ghastly) preacher prompted one of the most thoughtful speeches of the campaign. On the financial crisis his performance has been as assured as Mr McCain’s has been febrile. He seems a quick learner and has built up an impressive team of advisers, drawing in seasoned hands like Paul Volcker, Robert Rubin and Larry Summers. Of course, Mr Obama will make mistakes; but this is a man who listens, learns and manages well." Quotes-end.png
From It's time, by The Economist editorial board (The Economist, October 30, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "We applaud [Obama's] main domestic proposal: comprehensive health-care reform. This plan would achieve nearly universal insurance without the mandates of rival schemes: characteristically, it combines a far-sighted goal with moderation in the method. Mr McCain’s plan, based on extending tax relief beyond employer-provided insurance, also has merit – it would contain costs better – but is too timid and would widen coverage much less." Quotes-end.png
From Obama is the better choice, by Financial Times editorial board (Financial Times, October 26, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Mr. Obama is clear that the nation’s tax structure must be changed to make it fairer. That means the well-off Americans who have benefited disproportionately from Mr. Bush’s tax cuts will have to pay some more. Working Americans, who have seen their standard of living fall and their children’s options narrow, will benefit. Mr. Obama wants to raise the minimum wage and tie it to inflation, restore a climate in which worker sare able to organize unions if they wish and expand educational opportunities." Quotes-end.png
From Barack Obama for President (New York Times), by The New York Times editorial board (The New York Times, October 23, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "If Obama wins, then it will be simply fatuous to claim that there are no black role models in politics or government, because there is no higher role model than the President of the United States. If Barack Hussein Obama is successful next month, then we could even see the beginning of the end of race-based politics, with all the grievance-culture and special interest groups and political correctness that come with it." Quotes-end.png
From Barack Obama: Why I believe he should be the next President, by Boris Johnson (The Daily Telegraph, October 21, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Obama inspires confidence not so much in his grasp of Wall Street finance but in his acknowledgment of and comfort with his lack of expertise. He will not be one to forge far-reaching economic policy without sounding out the best thinkers and practitioners, and he has many at his disposal. He has won the backing of some on Wall Street not because he's one of them but because they recognize his talent for extracting from a broad range of proposals a coherent and workable program. " Quotes-end.png
From Barack Obama for president (Los Angeles Times), by Los Angeles Times editorial board (Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Mr. Obama is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building. At home, we believe, he would respond to the economic crisis with a healthy respect for markets tempered by justified dismay over rising inequality and an understanding of the need for focused regulation. Abroad, the best evidence suggests that he would seek to maintain U.S. leadership and engagement, continue the fight against terrorists, and wage vigorous diplomacy on behalf of U.S. values and interests." Quotes-end.png
From Barack Obama for President (Washington Post), by The Washington Post editorial board (The Washington Post, October 17, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party's nominee for president. We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready." Quotes-end.png
From Tribune endorsement: Barack Obama for president, by Chicago Tribune editorial board (Chicago Tribune, October 17, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "The greatest argument for change is also suggested by history. For the two-party system to work for the good of the republic, the parties need to be held accountable. They need to be sent to the wilderness from time to time to rethink and regroup. Ronald Reagan's success was built upon Barry Goldwater's debacle. The rise of Bill Clinton would not have been possible but for the lessons learned from the defeats of Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis. For every phoenix there must first be a fire and that time has come for the Republican Party, whose arteries are clogged with ideology accumulated at the long feast of power." Quotes-end.png
From It's Obama: We need a president who will break with the past, by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 12, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "A presidency is defined less by what happens in the Oval Office than by what is done by the more than 3,000 men and women the president appoints to government office. Only 600 of them are subject to Senate approval. The rest serve at the pleasure of the president. We have little doubt that Mr. Obama’s appointees would bring a level of competence, compassion and intellectual achievement to the executive branch that hasn’t been seen since the New Frontier. He has energized a new generation of Americans who would put the concept of service back in “public service.”" Quotes-end.png
From Barack Obama for president, by St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 10, 2008) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Obama has railed eloquently against the politics of fear and ideological combat, and promoted inclusiveness and cooperation. He has a strong grasp of the nation's economic problems, a more urgent commitment to the green energy revolution and a better plan for expanding access to health care. On issues such as Iraq, taxes and trade, he should practice the bipartisanship he promises, but has yet to demonstrate, by remaining open to alternative views. Still, on balance, Obama offers the better way forward." Quotes-end.png
From Barack Obama has the vision and the judgment to lead the country now, by Newsday editorial board (Newsday, November 2, 2008) (view)

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