The race to the White House has been pretty much an all out battle between the two key democratic candidates, Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Things have been getting more and more fierce as each day passes, and suprises througout the race are aplenty.
Up till about yesterday, it was pretty close, but I think the deciding factor happened last night. Say what you will about it, but the scales have finally been tipped to the Obama side, as both the daughter and brother of former US president John Kennedy decided to support Barack as their favourable candidate. Now, JFK was one of the people's most loved presidents, and the ideals of his family are going to play out very strongly in public opinion. Hillary herself doesn't look too pleased (just listen to her speeches, there's some sort of frustration there, and a fake plastered smile on her face too).
My opinion? Obama is going to be the leading candidate for the Democratic party, and with the backing of the Kennedys, Oprah, and a bunch of other heavyweights, he's definately up for president. I would personally vote for him if I had a chance to, just for the wise-cracks he makes every now and then (you need a president that makes you laugh once in a while, and hopefully not AT him).
Somehow, however, I have this feeling he's going to get shot. Expect numerous assasination attempts as the first black president steps onto the American stage; normal and expected, actually.
Anyhow, let's fast forward to 2009 and see him in the White House; what does that signal for us in the Middle-East? Simply put, I quote him: "I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars."
Sounds hopeful. Let's just wait and see.