Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cleveland Plain Dealer Endorses Barack Obama for President

The Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President. The PD posted the endorsement to its website on October 18, 2008 at 10:59 pm. It will appear in the Sunday, October 19, 2008 edition.

This is the lede sentence from the editorial: After eight years of George W. Bush, America needs a change in direction and a change in tone.

The editorial points out that Obama's election will demostrate to the world that America has changed course and that it can fulfill its ideals:

Obama has challenged Americans to dream and to hope, to be realistic in the face of great problems and to trust in one another. To minorities and other Americans on the margins, he offers living proof that this nation can fulfill its ideals. To the world, he offers quite literally a different face, one that embodies America's diversity and boundless opportunity.

Besides wanting a change of tone, the PD editorial board was not impressed with John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as VP, as shown by this quote:

Take his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. McCain seemed too caught up in the game-changing possibilities of teaming with a woman reformer to scratch the smiling surface. Had he, McCain might have realized that Palin is utterly unprepared for the job he offered -- let alone the one that might fall to her. His trust in her undermines our trust in him

You can read the rest of the endorsement editorial here.

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