Starting fresh after his New Hampshire debacle, Barack Obama unveiled the high profile endorsement of Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee. Strategically, the endorsement is meant to undercut the criticicism leveled by Hillary Clinton that Obama is unprepared for the Oval Office.
Senator Kerry followed his prepared script and delivered the following line with conviction, “Who better than Barack Obama to bring new credibility to America’s role in the world and help restore our moral authority.” Kerry’s validation and assistance will surely pay dividends in both campaign cash and headlines in tomorrow’s newspapers. The most important benefit, however, will probably be the credibility it gives Obama in the black community. What could be more powerful than an endorsement from the man most of us voted for four years ago.
Today also marked the end of the road for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s presidential ambitions. Savvy, experienced and gregarious, Bill Richardson attempted to make real the West Wing TV drama’s depiction of a Latino presidential contender. Running a racially inclusive and mainstream campaign, Richardson fell short of his mark. The upside of the Governor’s groundbreaking candidacy is that it will allow a latino youngster to one day reach again for that dream.