Wednesday, March 30, 2005


The fabulous Barack Obama has just started a senatorial blog. So far, there's not much to it, but I'll be interested to see how it evolves. The first posts tout the issue of college financial aid and some legislation he's introducing to expand Pell grants.

I'm so lucky—I actually got to vote for Obama. Plus, we Illinoisans probably had cause to say and hear his name more than the rest of you. And it's so fun to say! Say it with me: Buh-ROCK o-BOMB-a!


thenutfantastic said...

I will definitely be checking this out. He seriously makes me want to move to Illinois because my Senator's here suck (Allen and Warner, two very staunch repub's). I also have his new book now so I can't wait for classes to end so I can read it!

The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

I like the way Obama talks, but I still find subtle elements of his rhetoric fairly hostile to the views of godless Americans. I'd very much like to have lunch with him sometime, and find out if I can sway him to be a bit more respectful of cultures that he does not share. He definitely strikes me as the type of guy who would do so if presented with a good argument-- and that alone garners him my vote for the Presidency... if he ever runs.

Orange said...

Rob/UA, I know exactly what you mean. Given the climate during the last presidential campaign, I was OK with Obama pointing out that the GOP doesn't have a stranglehold on god-fearing folks (for those who care about such things). But of course I'd prefer it if politicians felt they could safely speak out on behalf of people who aren't religious.

The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

Senator Kerry did it during the final debate with President Bush... he included the godless Americans in his list of those whose rights needed to be respected. I was watching with a group of colleagues in the hotel in which we were all staying, and we about fell off our chairs! (Many of us are godless- it's fairly common among biologists)

But that kind of "let's respect ALL American beliefs" talk is how you get yourself labeled as an out-of-touch elitist, I guess. Maybe the Kerry family should move out of New England and go to Texas like the Bushes did, so they can get some "idea cred" with the common man.