Obama in 2008?
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?
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