Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Barack Obama to Deliver Democratic Keynote Address

For longtime readers of ASZ, you'll know that I've been touting Barack Obama as a rising star while Richard has been doing the same for Harold Ford. Now the Democratic mainstream will get to hear from the next Senator from Illinois in primetime. Here's the story at ABCNews.

The man who could become the third black senator since Reconstruction Illinois Senate candidate Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

Obama, a law professor and state senator, will speak on July 27, the second night of the convention, with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. Obama will talk about the future of America that a Democratic administration would provide, along with the need to make jobs, families and communities top priorities in the lives of Americans.

"Barack is an optimistic voice for America and a leader who knows that together we can build an America that is stronger at home and respected in the world," Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said in a statement.
I am particularly fond of Obama's qualifications of both a national and international level. He was raised in a few different countries, and he's also the first black HArvard Law Review editor. Check for his stance on international issues in a speech just a few days ago given at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. I love how he describes his international background. . .

As some of you may be aware, I have a particular stake in an intelligent foreign policy. My father was an economist from Kenya, my mother, an international development specialist from Kansas. I was raised in Indonesia and Hawaii, before moving to the continental United States to attend college. In grade school, I was a Protestant child attending Catholic school in a majority Muslim country.
We've got a keeper here.