On Jan. 10, 2005, newly elected U. S. Sen. Barack Obama sauntered a victory lap inside the Illinois state Capitol, where he had just tenured seven years as state senator.
A journalist recently wrote that journalists can't seem to write about Obama these days without using the term "rock star." At that time, Obama was famous for the speech he gave five months prior at the Democratic National Convention but not yet the celebrity he is today, like the 1962 Beatles in Hamburg, to correlate.
So as Obama bid farewell to former colleagues and staffers, he attracted small crowds but was still approachable.
We happened to be at the Capitol that day, too, lobbying for the fifth year in a row for passage of Illinois' Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
Oh, the irony. Obama had been the sole senator speaking against Born Alive on the Senate floor in 2001 and 2002 and had single-handedly killed it in a committee he chaired in 2003.
My friend Fran did not want to let this caustic golden opportunity pass. So she pushed me forward as Obama ambled by....
Continue reading my column today, "Born Alive Veterans for Truth," on WND.com.
Thanks for writing this, Jill. Great article. I only hope that you can take the bloom off of Obama's rose sufficiently and in time to lessen his presidential chances.
Of course, then we are left with the other Clinton....
I agree once again with your column very much. What is very sad are all of the blind sheep who treat Obama like a rock star. Many of these people don't know much about history and are not very informed about the issues.
Because of the Iraq War (George Washington warned the nation not to get involved in foreign entanglements}, the Republican party is down right now with no Ronald Reagan waiting in the wings.
The unthinkable could now happen with Barack Obama or Hillary winning the White House.Posted by: Clay B. at January 3, 2007 7:43 AM
Jill, the more you write about Senator Obama, the more I like him. I'm not a big fan of Hillary (she actually supported a flag burning amendment) but Obama seems ok, if a bit inexperienced. (ok, a lot inexperienced) My vote goes to Biden this year. I think you'll be faced with the reality of pro-choice canidates for both parties in 2008.Posted by: Jack D at January 3, 2007 11:38 AM
Obama is slick, very much like Willie, but neither of them can put anything past God. They have forfeited their souls for power and fame today.
"neither of them can put anything past God" you say. Don't be so sure God isn't behind Obama's rise to fame and power. God has clearly touched Obama's soul and propels him to greatness.Posted by: Jack D at January 4, 2007 11:15 AM
Dear Jill Stanek: This is one of the best lines I have ever read: "The only way Obama might not see himself as supportive of abortion is if he has been blinded by his own light."
The only appropriate response: Brilliant! (pardon the pun)Posted by: David at February 5, 2007 5:23 PM