Obama for president? That's 'silly' [UPDATED]
by Andre Walker, Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 09:28:48 AM EST
My apologies for posting two consecutive diaries, but this is too good to pass up.
Two days after Illinois State Senator Barack Obama became United States Senator-elect Obama, the Chicago Sun-Times ran an article in which Barack Obama definitively answered the question as to whether he would be running for President of the United States in 2008.
Here's what Obama said:
"I was elected yesterday," Obama said. "I have never set foot in the U.S. Senate. I've never worked in Washington. And the notion that somehow I'm immediately going to start running for higher office just doesn't make sense.Four years ago, Obama seemed to be suggesting that you needed experience to be elected President. Four years ago, Barack Obama said that he would be "running for national office in four years."
"So look, I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years, and my entire focus is making sure that I'm the best possible senator on behalf of the people of Illinois."
Source: 11/4/2004 Chicago Sun-Times article "Obama for president? That's 'silly'"
"I am not running for president in 2008," Obama said. "I mean, come on guys. The only reason I'm being definitive is because until I'm definitive you will keep asking me this question, but it's a silly question."I guess saying what you mean and meaning what you say is "silly" to Obama.
Update [2008-1-10 14:46:27 by andrewalker08]:: Thanks to some good research by blueflorida, here's a quote from the October 22, 2006 edition of Meet the Press. Barack Obama was a guest on that show:
MR. RUSSERT: Well, nine months ago, you were on this program and I asked you about running for president. And lets watch and come back and talk about it.
(Videotape, January 22, 2006):
MR. RUSSERT: When we talked back in November of 04, after your election, I said, Theres been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your full six-year term as a United States senator from Illinois? Obama: Absolutely.
SEN. OBAMA: I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things, but my thinking has not changed.
MR. RUSSERT: But, butso you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?
SEN. OBAMA: I will not.
Source: 10/22/2006 NBC/Meet the Press transcript, page 3