WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday he is taking a first step toward running for president next year.
"I will be filing papers today to create a presidential exploratory committee," the Illinois Democrat said, adding that he will announce his final decision February 10 from his hometown of Chicago.
He made the announcement in a video posted on his Web site -- www.barackobama.com. "The decisions that have been made in Washington over the past six years and the problems that have been ignored have put our country in a precarious place," he said in the video.
In addition to citing "the tragic and costly war that should never have been waged," Obama mentioned health care, pensions, college tuition and "our continued dependence on oil" as issues that need work.
So he's in, big deal. Barack Obama has as much chance of being President as I do. First of all, like it or not his race matters and the irony there is that even Blacks are having a hard time backing him. Secondly, his voting record as a senator, highly liberal, will come back to haunt him no matter how much the media keeps overlooks it. Then too, sitting Senators do not win Presidencies. The last sitting Senator to win the Presidency was JFK. In fact sitting Senators are rarely elected, let alone nominated, proven by the fact that only TWO sitting Senators have ever been elected President, Harding and Kennedy. And finally, there's the issue of his name: it just sounds too much like the guy running Al Qaeda. Hell, even Ted Kennedy couldn't get the senator from Illinois' name right:
“Why don’t we just ask Osama bin — Osama Obama — Obama what — since he won by such a big amount. Seriously, Senator Obama is really unique and special.”