Based on the speeches, interviews, and debates I've seen, Barack Obama is a very charismatic individual. The way he speaks, one could believe he could read a cooking recipe and receive a standing ovation. He has excellent social skills. If his intelligence isn't already evident, he graduated from Harvard Law School writing the law reviews. That means he told other Harvard Law students what to write and how to write it. In sports terms, he possesses all the tools.
As with potentially franchise-saving players, Obama has a lot of outside pressures that are placed on him. With everyone still reeling from the Dubya Administration, the prospect of someone with new ideas is welcome with open arms. Then, throw in the fact that he's a "fresh face," and now you
This is the pick most people expect Barack Obama to turn out to be. Most Black people want him to be the savior of all that is African-American. They expect him to swoop in, like some sort of Super
There's a notion that a lot of people aren't willing to accept as a possibility. What if Barack Obama, will all this hype, is a terrible Commander-in-Chief? What if he's in over his head, like Kwame is in the Association, and can only manage flashes of potential? Face it, folks. That can happen. I don't know what makes him oblivious to mistakes, when it's a known fact that he has very limited experience. This is not to wish any negative things on him. I'm just refusing to wear the rose-colored glasses that most supporters seem to put over their eyes when discussing him. Just because he's charismatic doesn't mean he's infallible. Now, he can't be traded like Kwame was; but he'd only be guaranteed the next four years...and that's if nothing happens. Conspiracy, anyone?
Obama's time in office could go along the path of Michael Vick. Things could start out great, with him being the most electrifying President&mdashdespite not being totally adept at the position. He could perform his equivalent of being the first quarterback to win a game at Lambeau Field. Then, some event could be his presidency's version of Ed Hartwell breaking his leg; and the series of happenings could cause his term to be cut short. I'm not implying anything criminal...well on his part, anyway. I'm just saying that they shot John F. Kennedy. From that, I gather that no P.O.T.U.S. is safe...
This is the path that has the most realness to it. He could be University of Maryland's own Joe Smith, a number one pick that manages to revive his career from Bustville Cemetary. For the first part of his career, Smith was widely viewed as overrated. Now, especially after his trade to Cleveland, he's somehow underrated as a player. Obama's possible term to follow the same road. The policies and decisions he makes could leave him ridiculed at early outset. But as his term progresses, his judgment garners more and more appreciation; and he'll be undervalued in U.S. history. To me, this is still a letdown when one considers the tremendous fanfare Obama has going into the election. I guess his charisma could be his version of Joe Smith's 15-foot jumper...
No one knows what the future holds for Barack Obama. The only thing certain is that his draft stock can't get much higher. All that's left is to see how he develops over the next four years. Oh, and he does have my vote.