So. He’s in.
Barack Obamaâ€™s theme â€” the underlying core message â€” is so radically different from what weâ€™re used to hearing from politicians, I canâ€™t help but respond to it. Itâ€™s a visceral reaction â€” a balm to a wound I didnâ€™t even realize I had.
Of course, how he intends to implement his visions are another matter.
Health care, foreign policy, immigration reform â€” those arenâ€™t trivial issues, and while Iâ€™ve seen him put his verbal finger smack on some problem definitions, that doesnâ€™t mean Iâ€™ll be as excited about his proposed solutions.
But Iâ€™m willing to listen.
Could he have waited until he had more time and experience before trying for the White House?
Yes, he could have. Weâ€™d still be a damaged country, and his approach to politics would still resonate.
But I think America needs to hear â€” and talk about â€” the larger message heâ€™s trying to deliver; that no matter how wide the gulf looks between left and right or red and blue or black and white, we all have a stake in this country. Weâ€™re all Americans who have shared values, dreams, and goals.
That weâ€™re not so different after all.