Why I'm Personally Responsible for Barack's Victory
(Photo from NYT)
Now, I'm not going to sit here and try to tell you that I was probably the first print journalist in America to endorse President-Elect Barack H. Obama's 2008 candidacy for the White House.
Rather, I am going to sit here and tell you that I probably was the first journalist to endorse Barack Obama for President. Seriously. Well, sort of.
Exhibit A, doubter, is this Nov. 4, 2004 story from the Philadelphia City Paper, where I worked at the time. In the aftermath of the Kerry loss, at around 5:40 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2004, I wrote:
... remember: In 1,459 days, vote Obama.
I didn't realize 63,507,799 people were listening, but thank the Sweet Lord Jebus that they were.
As for the other 56,151,858 of you, what gives? Might have to put all y'all on a sled to Wasilla. And speaking of Wasilla, I gotta say Sarah was looking mighty, mighty fine in them jeans she wore to vote. You betcha God blesses her crazy lil evolution-hatin' heart.
(Photos from Anchorage Daily News, one of the publications my staff regularly puts in front of me to read)
Oh, my point. Mr. President, if you're reading -- and let's face it, you are -- might I nominate myself for some sort of Secretary of Pimpitude cabinet position? The ball's in your court now. Do the right thing.