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Waxing Political

In 2004, just a few days before the presidential election, I attended a political rally in Raleigh, NC where John Edwards, the then-hopeful future vice-president, spoke. That night I felt optimistic, inspired, and excited about America’s political future. I remember shedding tears in my office while reading Kerry’s concession speech just a few days later.

Since then I haven’t felt inspired or hopeful about American politics. That changed a little when I watched Barack Obama’s speech announcing his candidacy for President. His speech was simple, made few grandiose claims, and focused on bridging divides. Yes, it’s true that he has little experience in national politics, but I think that’s a big reason why I like him. And, as much as I’d love to see a female US President, I think Hillary may be a little too jaded, a little too immersed in the political sphere, to be a good leader (in my book).

The race has only just begun, and I have more research to do, but right now I’m leaning heavily toward the ‘gangly, self-made, Springfield lawyer.’

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