Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Obama in 2008?

Is Barack Obama faking the funk when he says he doesn't want to run for president in 2008? Jason Zengerle, a writer for The Plank, the blog on The New Republic thinks so, thanks to this piece in the latest issue of New York on Al Gore.

The New York article by John Heilenman piqued Zengerle's interest because of one seemingly innocent paragraph that mentioned how only Gore and Obama had the "capacity to toss the chessboard in the air, altering Team Hillary's carefully calibrated plans."

Zengerle notes that Obama, despite his protestation to the contrary, is putting out subtle signals that he really is thinking about running for president. The strongest sign to date is Hopefund, his PAC (political action committee) which has so far distributed close to $2.5 million to Democratic candidates. Also, after reading an excerpt of the senator's upcoming book The Audacity of Hope on his website, Zengerle seems to think that Obama doesn't seem "entirely enamored of life in the Senate." Says Zengerle:

Spreading money around to Democrats all over the country, making noises about how the Senate maybe isn't the best place for him to affect political change--sounds like a guy thinking about running for president to me!

In my own humble, politically unconnected opinion, Barack Obama will not be running for president in 2008 - I think he's going to wait until 2012. Of course, if he does run, I'll make like Halle Berry and do "whatever he wants" -- short of collecting paper cups off of the ground. I mean, he is fly and everything - and I would love for a woman like his wife Michelle to be the first Black First Lady of the United States of America - but can a sister get an office job or something?



Blogger The Humanity Critic said...

I tend to agree with you, I think he will wait until 2012 to run for president. Great blog by the way.

May 23, 2006 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Nichelle said...

Thanks HC.

May 24, 2006 at 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Diva in Demand said...

I agree too. I think (and it would make good sense) that he may have his eye on becoming more visible before he throws his hat in the race.....such as a cabinet position for the next President or something that will put him in good with that person. You know how we like to usher people in through a ladder process.

May 24, 2006 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Nichelle said...

I agree Diva. I think he's slowly, but surely building - which is wise.

May 24, 2006 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Flint said...

As I start to sour on Hillary, I'm really feeling the idea of Gore/Obama 2008. Obama is definitely too fresh to even attempt the presidency itself at the moment but a vice presidential run could be a great learning process for him.

May 30, 2006 at 7:17 PM  

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