Endorsing Barack Obama

I am CEO of Livingston Communications, and while I don’t feel it is right for the company to openly endorse Obama (we are more than one voice), I personally feel compelled to do so. Barack Obama‘s acceptance speech convinced me without a doubt that he should be our next president.

I don’t believe in McCain and think he is basically a campaigner who will drop his drawers at the slightest opportunity to get into the white house. Today’s Palin move was a blatant attempt to hijack Obama’s momentum, and for a guy who voted with Bush 90% of the time, I cannot see McCain as a game changer.

Barack speaks to me on so many levels:

  • On not tolerating the war in Iraq as acceptable
  • With a commitment to end our dependence on oil
  • And an equally intelligent energy investment policy to compensate big businesses who stand to lose
  • By treating women equally, with equal pay
  • On defending this country honorably in the tradition of Wilson and FDR
  • With a tax code that makes sense, honoring entrepreneurs and small businesses like mine that are driving innovation
  • And a tax policy that doesn’t punish the poor
  • By treating our gay brothers and sisters withhonor instead of shame
  • And last, but not least, by restoring a sense of purpose in America
  • Obama knows America is broken. I love his passion! He is my candidate for President. And I have donated to his campaign twice now, and will do so again soon. Here is his acceptance speech, Part I and II.

    12 Replies to “Endorsing Barack Obama”

    1. Politics is so bizarre. McCain’s choice of Palin sealed my vote for him. But the best part of this country is that we can all vote, is it not?

      We are such a diverse group of people. I’m certainly glad we have this kind of process. Much better than assuming that the offspring of a good leader would automatically be a good leader. I think Shrubya has proven that theory false beyond any shadow of a doubt.

    2. Geoff, I salute you for the clarity of your thoughts and also for being open about it without making business calculations. If only the people in this country had shown this level of clarity, America wouldn’t have lost its supremacy (in my saner world, supremacy is not measured by the strength of the army rather by the strength of knowledge and wisdom) in the world. By selecting a woman who is pro life and anti equality, McCain has shown that he is more of the same.

    3. I can understand why you don’t think it is “write” to endorse, but if Senator Obama‚Äôs speech can be believed, he represents the very best of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Santa Claus.

    4. @GeekMommy – Read my lips: Neither Bush was a good leader, so I am not sure I follow the logic. If you are speaking about John Adams and JQ Adams, maybe we can have a conversation.

      Kris: Thank you. We must stand up and speak our views this year. There is no room to be quiet anymore.

      William: Sorry you are so bitter, but until Obama gets a chance in office, you really can’t say any of those things.

    5. Didn’t mean to sound bitter, and I do believe that short of some problem (real or engineered) he will win.

      My wife and I both liked his speech (genuinely) but are skeptical of the power of the office to be able to accomplish all that.

      And we hope we fall within Senator Obama’s definition of middle class.

      Jimmy Carter is the best ex-president the United States has ever had, and Ronald Reagan was certainly the best president (Senator Obama’s rip on trickle-down-economics not withstanding, my family was doing poorly under Carter, much better under Reagan, and, to be honest, not too poorly under Clinton).

      Senator Obama did seem to borrow some conservative values in the speech, like personal responsibility and tax cuts.

      And we all want to believe in Santa Clause.

      The best part about this election is it will free real conservatives to vote for true conservatives instead of John McCain, since the fear of a wasted vote won’t matter ’cause everybody knows Senator Obama is going to win anyway.

    6. Awww Geoff… From a Republican stand point, GHWB was semi-divine compared to GWB… But he was a great CIA leader! ;)

      Now don’t get me started on the Adams Family (and yes, I chortled a bit when I typed that and snapped my fingers like Morticia.)

      My point wasn’t so much that GHWB was a “great leader” as that he was viewed by the GOP as favorable enough to vote him in, and some surely voted for GWB based solely on his last name.

      The thing is – for all that the candidates have been talking about “unity” and “bringing the country together” – I can’t really remember such a bitter divisiveness in a presidential election amongst the supporters.
      Let’s be honest, there’s no love lost between Obama and Clinton supporters, nor between McCain and [insert GOP primary rival here] supporters. Nor are either side particularly generous when it comes to speaking of the other side.

      Perhaps I’m just remembering thru rose-colored glasses, but this being the 7th presidential election I’ve voted in, and the 9th I’ve been actively following, it’s also the most fractious and divisive I recall witnessing.

    7. @GeekMommy Well, it’s the whole red and blue America thing, which is a travesty. Because a significant minority in this country cannot get the governance it wants, and as a result we are suffering. I find it ironic that poor middle America stands to gain the most from blue leadership, yet they are the ones who back the Republican party to the point of zealousness.

    8. Geoff, I can’t believe all these people will no step behind McCain because he’s bringing on Paulin. Seriously, I just don’t get it. McCain was VERY MUCH a “maverick” against GWB, but now, he’s a sell-out. He’s supported our failed energy policies and scares the shit out of me when he talks foreign policy (remember bomb, bomb, Iran). What’s even funnier is Steve Ducey (the FOX anchor) commenting on her lack of foreign policy experience doesn’t exist because Alaska borders Russia. Are you kidding me?

      Obama does certainly represent change, but a more pragmatic approach. Hell, the choice of Biden as a VP was awesome. It shows that Obama’s going to be at the helm, while Biden’s got Congress on lock-down.

      Good choice Geoff. This, coming from a former Republican (who also happened to work for George Allen back in the day).

    9. Thanks Geoff for sharing your direct, passionate support.

      And for the first time in a presidential election, I’m taking more initiative in the process, with time and funds, to achieve Obama’s vote into office.

      His approach for pay equity, for health care, for voter’s rights, for diplomacy-based foreign policy…all with his keen discernment in building a team…warrant my vote.

      And he is imperfect as some of your readers have noted here. Yet his ability to demonstrate guts (opposed Iraq’s invasion), ownership (saw the need to include underserved communities in the voting process per his Chicago work), and vision even on sensitive issues (per his address on racial tensions in this country) — I believe he has the mindset, experience, and leadership savvy to reignite this country’s “sense of purpose” (your words).

      And considering the Nat’l Organization of Women, the Feminist Majority, and other women’s rights PACs endorsed the Obama/Biden ticket yesterday — a rare endorsement for them in presidential elections — it is evident these groups see Obama as a more credible partner for women and families.

      Whew, longwindedly signing off…..JMF.

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