Here’s the original endorsement. The reference to Palin, now the first prominent person to call for impeachment, is amusing:
Gazette Opinion: Obama would be the president America needs now
By The Gazette Staff
A year ago, few people would have predicted that Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama would be their parties’ nominees for president. A few months ago, when their party selections were assured, there was reason to hope that the general election campaign would be conducted on a higher level of debate than has marked recent presidential contests. So it has been a disappointment that much of McCain’s campaign has focused on smearing Obama.
McCain, who has served in the U.S. Senate many more years, reasonably called attention to the first-term Democrat’s shorter tenure. Yet McCain selected a running mate who had been governor of Alaska for only two years. As troubling as Sarah Palin’s lack of knowledge on national and foreign issues is her role in making the campaign rhetoric uglier and more divisive. The Palin pick was a mistake.
Like McCain, Sen. Joe Biden has a long track record in Congress and great depth of knowledge in international policy. He is a much stronger VP candidate than Palin.
Regardless of whether McCain or Obama is elected, the new president will face enormous obstacles in putting this nation on a path to prosperity that all citizens can share. Major tax policy changes should be delayed until there is substantially greater stability in the U.S. economy. The new president will have to surround himself with smart advisers and break the partisan gridlock that has paralyzed Washington, D.C. If Obama wins the White House and Democrats control both chambers of Congress, he must stand up to his own party members if they try to block reforms, refuse necessary spending restraints or bog down his proposals.
Raised by a single mother and her parents, Obama wasn’t born to privilege; he earned it. He entered Harvard Law School on his own merit and graduated at the top of his class. Before being elected to the Illinois state Senate and then the U.S. Senate, he worked on the streets of Chicago on behalf of low-income residents. He’s a devoted husband and father. Obama’s life is the America Dream - that each citizen can better himself through hard work and higher education. He understands that affordable, accessible health care and educational opportunity for all Americans are integral to our society and our economy.
A unifying leader
At this extremely challenging time, America needs a uniter, not a divider. In this economic turmoil, America needs a thoughtful, cool-headed optimist who envisions a bright future for all citizens. After several years in which worldwide respect for America has been diminished, our great nation needs a new leader who can inspire confidence at home and abroad.
Obama is that leader. As Gen. Colin Powell said last week, Obama is the president America needs now “because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities. ... He has both style and substance.”