. . . Tuesday July 27, 2004


Most people in this arena hadn’t heard of Barack Obama a few months ago. He is an up and comer from Illinois. Top Kerry strategist Bob Shrum recently told me that he and others think Obama is on his way towards becoming the first black president.

He got the keynote address. They passed out placards with his name to people all over the floor (a status symbol to say the least). He had the buzz of a politician in the heat of a fevered battle.

But could he pull it off? Could he make a massive splash on the national scene and make good on what Eminem might call his “one shot?”

Let’s put it this way. I almost expected the guy to complete his speech by saying “And I accept your nomination…” He rocked the house. His was not a speech about his state or this election alone. This was a speech, like Clinton’s and many of the other top players, that was about America.

Obama opened with his own biography and explained how unlikely it was that a guy with his background and family history would be giving the keynote at the Democratic Convention.

It’s a story you’re likely to hear again and again in the coming years. And each time, it will seem a whole lot less unlikely.

Concentration is important!