Are You The One: Bradley on Obama

Monday, February 04, 2008

Former New Jersey Senator and Presidential candidate Bill Bradley discusses why he has chosen to support Barack Obama.


Bill Bradley

Comments [10]

Debra from Maryland

I am a Hillary supporter. Barack Obama talks constantly about hope and change, about going forward and not going back to the way things have been.

I would like to know what a Barack Obama cabinet would look like given that he states that the old establishment is just more of the same and that we need change from that kind of Washington thinking.

He was not well known before the election campaign hence by extension his friends of comparable age who align with his type of thinking - out with the old and experienced and in with the new and hopeful, would not have a national or international profile and high level experience in running a government.

Would he therefore put people in critical high level positions (Secretary of State, Defense etc) who no-one knows about? Would he entrust the lives of people to his friends who have no real experience, at a time of world turmoil and domestic economic crisis?

OR and this is most important - would he flip-flop on his statement about going back to the past and call on the very "old establishment people" he is criticizing Hillary for, and place them in top positions in his cabinet?

We need to know how he will handle this major issue. If he is likely to break his word, to look forward and not backwards, he should be held to account.

This point needs to be raised fully at this time. Mr Obama needs to tell us, if he were to be successful, who he plans to entrust the country and our lives to.

Mar. 07 2008 08:03 AM
lincoln from brooklyn

i am frustrated by the louisa's comment and others like it I often hear. To support a candidate simply because she is a woman (or he is a person of color) is problematic for two reasons: 1) we as democratic participants ought to support a candidate based on the quality of their ideas and their capacity to lead effectively and not because we expect them to fit into a stereotyped gender or racial role. 2) it begets the useless argument of whether white women or black men have been marginalized to a greater degree? My understanding of the 15th amendment's lesson is that progressive change requires broad and inclusive coalitions. When we divide ourselves along gendered and racialized lines, we allow the current power structure to go unchallenged.

To the women who support Mrs Clinton primarily because they want to see a female President - my response is that I also desperately want to see a woman head of state - but not just any woman for the sake of glass ceilings.

Obama's capacity to transcend generational, cultural, partisan, and racial divisions is unique in this country's history. And as Cornell West said on Tavis Smiley's show - "to transcend is not to deny but is wrestling, grappling, transforming, working through..." While I believe Obama will move national conversations of race and gender forward, the Clintons have demonstrated a despicable penchant race-baiting and, unfortunately, she seems to obfuscate her gender whenever possible.

Feb. 04 2008 12:14 PM
Lynne Reinecke from Red Bank NJ

It is Obamas courage that strikes home for me. To stand before the political machine and declare he intends to work against it, change it...this appears naive of course, considering that Congress is entrenched in self-serving, shortsighted behavior. Can he do it? He is the only one brave enough to try, with the fewest ties to the old school buying and pocket lining methods that have come to be the norm in this government. The established powers will try to chew him up, they will stonewall him inspite of his apparent willingness to find equitable solutions to very complex problems. I don't think he is naive,I think he is outragously intent on stepping into the breach and leading us with honesty and integrity. I have one question for Clinton...with the asset of all your years in politics name one thing you have done that has changed this country for the better.At least name something you have stood against with sweat and honor. The patriot Act...No Child Left Behind...Guantonamo Bay? Anything? What have you really done for us?

Feb. 04 2008 11:56 AM

How can an almost prophetic good judgement on the
outcome of the Iraq war be considered as a "platitude"?
There are plenty more but, as far as I am concerned, I could hinge my vote on this single revealing issue

Feb. 04 2008 11:02 AM
Louisa from brooklyn

Mr. Bradley is neatly describing the difference between a female president and a male president. A male looks at the big picture, the vision thing, the one big idea. A female multi-tasks, makes sure all the ducks are in a row, looks after the details and remembers to send flowers. After 8 years of destructive mayhem I think we have had enough of big ideas and we need a handywoman in the White House.

Feb. 04 2008 11:01 AM
joshua from Manhattan


she will BEGIN to get the troops out in 60 days

completion of troop removal whenever the time is right

Feb. 04 2008 11:01 AM
joshua from Manhattan

" . . . in so doing . . ."

Obama's whole campaign is based upon the premise of "in so doing" it assumes that because he states something, it will happen

and we all know what happens when you ass-u-me

Feb. 04 2008 10:59 AM
Mike from Jersey City from Jersey City



Feb. 04 2008 10:58 AM
hjs from 11211

why do obama supporters rely so on platitudes.

Feb. 04 2008 10:57 AM

Well, despite Hillary's attempt to depict Obama as a looser against McCain, all we have now are national polls showing that he and not Clinton has a slight lead over the Arizona senior senator

Feb. 04 2008 10:55 AM

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