Wednesday, February 27, 2008

John Lewis Switch Support to Obama

Rep. John Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Atlanta, officially announced today his support for Sen. Barack Obama. In a written statement, Lewis said Obama's campaign "represents the beginning of a new movement in American political history" and that he wants "to be on the side of the people."

"After taking some time for serious reflection on this issue, I have decided that when I cast my vote as a superdelegate at the Democratic convention, it is my express the will of the people," the statement said.

This is a major blow to the Clinton campaign. Lewis had been a staunch supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton. Since endorsing her in October, Lewis has appeared on her behalf on television and at events across the country declaring his support. Sen. Clinton frequently cited his support as a way to gain minority votes, often saying her campaign is a continuation of his work.

But Lewis came under pressure after his constituents supported Obama by a 3-to-1 ratio in Georgia's February 5th primary, and about 90 percent of Black voters statewide voted for Obama.

Lewis and the other Black Caucus members should have remained neutral. When Obama announced his bid for the Democratic nominee for President, no one gave him a chance, especially some member of the Black Caucus. Let's see who else will switch.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Week in Review

Since my last post so much has happened in the Democratic and Republican presidential elections. Mitt Romney has dropped out of the Republican race leaving McCain and Huckabee as the two front runners. McCain is projected to be the Republican's presidential candidate despite having a hard time securing the delegates needed, Huckabee won Kansas and Louisiana on Saturday, and Romney won Maine on Sunday.

Barack Obama had a great "Super Tuesday" winning 13 states to Clinton's 9 states. Obama had a weekend sweep winning Washington, Nebraska, Louisiana, Virgin Islands, and Maine. This is a clear indication that the American people are ready for change, and that Obama is the person to make it happen. I hope the "Superdelegates" are paying attention.

District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia are the next states to hold primaries on Tueday, February 12th.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Super Tuesday

Since tomorrow is "Super Tuesday" I am urging everyone to vote. I'm not telling you who to vote for, I'm telling you who not to vote for, Hillary Clinton. LOL

Yes, I am supporting Barack Obama. When I think about Obama and what he represents I am reminded of a poem by Langston Hughes entitled "Let America Be America Again." The poem conveys how the American Dream never existed for some people. The freedom, equality, and opportunity that every American and immigrant hoped for but never fully achieved.

Despite critizing the inequalities and lack of opportunities that exist, the poem conveys a sense of hope that the American Dream can be realized when citizens get involved. Obama inspires Americans to do just that. This is why he is getting my vote. Americans must take back America. This is why I urge you to vote. Then and only then can we "Let America Be America Again."

Barack the Vote!