Friday, March 28, 2008

Why Barack Obama will be the next POTUS

Marc Andreesen of Netscape fame (or infamy depending on your perspective) had the rare opportunity to spend quite a bit of time with Senator Obama before this campaign got off the ground. His assessment of Barack confirms what so many of us have known from our observations. I know I'm a very good judge of character, and I'm not easily fooled, so I've been very comfortable with my assessment of Barack. Andreesen spells out his experience with Barack, and if anyone who reads this still thinks Barack won't be the next president, they should just go back to watching American Idol or American Gladiators, and leave this election to us grown ups.

Smart, normal, curious, not radical, and post-Boomer.

If you were asking me to write a capsule description of what I would look for in the next President of the United States, that would be it.

Having met him and then having watched him for the last 12 months run one of the best-executed and cleanest major presidential campaigns in recent memory, I have no doubt that Senator Obama has the judgment, bearing, intellect, and high ethical standards to be an outstanding president -- completely aside from the movement that has formed around him, and in complete contradition to the silly assertions by both the Clinton and McCain campaigns that he's somehow not ready.

Read the whole thing here.

1 talk back:

Anonymous said...

I agree with Andreessen that Obama is a Post-Boomer, but which Post-Boomer generation is he?. There has been a growing consensus that he's part of Generation Jones--the heretofore lost generation between the Boomers and Xers. The New York Times, CBS, Newsweek Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal have all recently run pieces in which they argued that Obama is, in fact, a member of Generation Jones. I recently heard a panel of experts on a radio show discuss this for an hour, and they concluded as well that Obama is a GenJoneser.

When you study his bio, his worldview, his political stances, it becomes obvious that Obama is part of this long-lost generation which is finally coming into its own. Which is not surprising, given that he is right in the middle of the 1954-1965 GenJones birth years, and those born toward the middle of a generation tend to most personify it.