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Top Ten Reasons Why Barack Obama Should Run for President by Mathew Lynch

(November 2006)Barack Obama is one of the most intelligent, transcendent politicians in America, irregardless of race. In order for one to be an effective leader, one must have an altruistic view of the world and Barack certainly does. He truly wishes to assist America in becoming the “blessed community” that Martin Luther Ling envisioned. At press time, he is reportedly seriously thinking of running for President of the United States. In my opinion, here are the top ten reasons why he should run for president.

1. People are literally begging him to run: In every city that he visits, at every event that he attends, there are legions of supporters who literally beg him to run for president. His following mirrors the melting pot that America has become; Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Caucasian citizens love him for what he embodies, the American spirit.

2. The field is wide open: Since there will be no Vice President or Incumbent on the ticket in 2008, there is no clear cut favorite. The potential candidates from the Democratic and Republication Parties look surprisingly weak; no real frontrunner has emerged. If Obama can capitalize on his rock star status, he could easily challenge for the Democratic nomination and from there the presidency.

3. Black America needs a voice: Black America has long dreamed of seeing one of its members ascend to the presidency. With everything that we have been through, it would be proof that the American Dream does apply to us. Even a strong showing would be a barometer of how far race relations in America have come.

4. He will have no problem raising the finances: Any serious candidate for the presidency must be able to raise the finances to run a successful campaign. At press time, there are only about 5 or 6 presidential hopefuls who possess the capacity to raise as much money as Obama can. Big business loves Barack’s economic philosophies, a fact which can be construed as an asset or liability. Either way this plays out, he will not have a problem raising the finances.

5. He may not get another chance to run: If a Democratic candidate wins the presidency in 2008, this person will also be up for re-election in 2012. If they perform reasonably well in their first term, they will be the frontrunner in 2012, because when compared to their predecessor, George Bush, they will be considered a political genius. This will make it difficult for Obama to win the presidency in 2012.

6. He hasn’t accumulated a totally atrocious voting record: Politics often force a person to make deals that go against his principles and morals. Since he has only been in the U. S. Senate for 2 years, he has not truly sold his soul to the devil. It is sometimes easy to contradict yourself on the campaign trail when you say one thing and your voting record reads differently.

7. His Intelligence: He is arguably one of the smartest Senators that the U.S. has seen in decades. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, were he was editor of the Law Review.

8. Oprah endorses him! During an October appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah herself urged him to run, saying “I know I don’t just speak for myself. There are a lot of people who would want to see you run for the presidency.”

9. Obama is the perfect man for the job: He is charismatic, intelligent, altruistic, and has a resume to back it up. Obama has the experience and meets the age requirement to be president. On paper he is the perfect candidate, a bi-racial reincarnation of Martin Luther King, Jr.

10. He will definitely be able to rock the vote: Even though he has done nothing to court the Hip Hop generation, but nonetheless they love him too. He has rappers like Common, who give him shot outs in their songs. On the popular young adult website Facebook, Obama has 30 groups which are calling for him to run for President, in addition to 20 other Obama themed groups that simply worship the guy.

Matthew Lynch is an Exceptional Education Teacher at Sykes Elementary School, CEO of Lynch Consulting Group, LLC, and a Doctoral Candidate at Jackson State Mississippi. He is also the author of Closing the Racial Academic Achievement Gap, and an upcoming children’s book, entitled Matthew and the Money Tree. Mr. Lynch is a contributing columnist for The Black Suburban Journal, Blagazine, and Emerging Minds. Born and raised in Mississippi, he currently resides in Jackson, Mississippi.

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