Obama sees new generation of US leadership

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, citing the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, pledged to bridge the partisan divide in Washington, end the war in Iraq and transform American politics as the first black U.S. president.

Obama sees new generation of US leadership

Launching his 2008 White House campaign outside the building where Lincoln began his fight against slavery with an 1858 speech declaring a house divided against itself cannot stand, Obama said it was time to turn the page to a new politics.
"Let us begin this hard work together. Let us transform this nation," Obama, 45, told thousands of cheering supporters who braved sub-freezing temperatures outside the old state Capitol building. "By ourselves, this change will not happen. Divided, we are bound to fail," he said. Obama, a rising party star and the only black U.S. senator, said the United States had overcome many challenges, from gaining its independence to the Civil War to the Great Depression.
"Each and every time, a new generation has risen up and done what's needed to be done. Today we are called once more -- and it is time for our generation to answer that call," he said. Obama's candidacy has intrigued Democrats looking for a fresh face and sparked waves of publicity and grass-roots buzz about the first black presidential candidate seen as having a chance to capture the White House. He has vaulted quickly into the top tier of a crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders along with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards. But the freshman senator from Illinois has faced questions and doubts about his relative lack of experience, his policy views and about whether the United States is ready to elect a black man to the White House.
Obama acknowledged the questions about his experience. "I recognize there is a certain presumptuousness -- a certain audacity -- to this announcement. I know I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I've been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change," he said. He said a fresh perspective could break through Washington gridlock on issues like energy, health care and the Iraq war. "What's stopped us from meeting these challenges is not the absence of sound policies and sensible plans. What's stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics -- the ease with which we're distracted by the petty and trivial," he said. "The time for that kind of politics is over. It is through. It's time to turn the page," he said. Springfield, Ill.

 

Reuters

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