Dear Friends and Fans: Like most of you, I’ve been following the campaign and I have now seen and heard enough to know where I stand. Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest.
He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that’s interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where “…nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.”
At the moment, critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships. While these matters are worthy of some discussion, they have been ripped out of the context and fabric of the man’s life and vision, so well described in his excellent book, Dreams of My Father, often in order to distract us from discussing the real issues: war and peace, the fight for economic and racial justice, reaffirming our Constitution, and the protection and enhancement of our environment.
After the terrible damage done over the past eight years, a great American reclamation project needs to be undertaken. I believe that Senator Obama is the best candidate to lead that project and to lead us into the 21st Century with a renewed sense of moral purpose and of ourselves as Americans.
Over here on E Street, we’re proud to support Obama for President.
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BUCKS COUNTY COURIER TIMES: “We can’t remember the last time a presidential election generated so much excitement. And by excitement we mean people who’ve been inspired to act, folks who’ve sat out past elections but have been driven to get involved this time. And so we find ourselves part of that bunch. While the Courier Times Editorial Board usually sits out primary elections, we’re motivated to get involved this year and offer an endorsement.”
HARRISBURG PATRIOT-NEWS: “But there are differences, major differences reflected in style, attitude and personal history. These differences are seen most strikingly in Obama, who comes across as very much the candidate of the future, while Clinton comes across as the candidate of the past. Obama offers real change in the White House, while Clinton offers more of what Americans are tired of in Washington. Obama offers the prospect of cooperation, while Clinton offers the virtual certainty of more confrontation and political gridlock… In Obama, the Democrats have “the candidate of hope,” and their best prospect of running a competitive and uplifting campaign against McCain this fall. The Patriot-News editorial board endorses Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.”
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: “Because political business-as-usual is more likely to bring the usual disappointment for the Democrats this fall, the Post-Gazette endorses the nomination of Barack Obama, who has brought an excitement and an electricity to American politics not seen since the days of John F. Kennedy.”