The words from Senator Barack Obama as he formally announced his campaign for president on a frigid Saturday morning were not particularly new.There's a great photo of the family at the announcement here.
They included the familiar menu of Democratic causes, a call for universal health care, better pay for teachers and more protection for workers, along with a strong summons to end the war in Iraq.
The candidate who is most successful with the theme of a campaign-as-cause often gains a fast start, but as often has trouble ultimately prevailing, as the trail of tears for Eugene McCarthy, Ross Perot or even Howard Dean underscores.
Which seemed one reason that Obama said "this campaign can't be only about me. . . this campaign must be the occasion, the vehicle, of your hopes, and your dreams."
Saturday, February 10, 2007
"Obama's road to White House"
Sydney Morning Herald (AU):