SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.—“Our future should not be worse than our past,” White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told an enthusiastic youthful crowd Saturday at the start a rally on a college campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Near the middle he added his movement message, an essential ingredient in his presidential quest. “We are here not just to win an election but to transform a country.’’
As he sent the crowd off Obama, gave them a battle cry: “Let’s go change the world.”
And at the end he said “we are the best last hope on Earth."
Hours before a star-studded fund-raiser at Oprah Winfrey’s estate in nearby Montecito, Obama, with a picture perfect backdrop, once again pressed the argument that it not experience that is important in picking a president, but judgement.
It was his latest comment in the ongoing debate between Obama and rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.); former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson over the relative merits of and change and experience and if you need one or both to make things happen. Obama is the youngest candidate with the shortest track record in the Democratic contest.
“Time served does not guarantee good judgment. The length of your resume says nothing about your character,” Obama said.
Before his speech, California field director Buffy Wicks-who recently transferred recently to the Golden State from headquarters in Chicago, tried to get people to sign up for Camp Obama training sessions and other organizing events.
California is a special political challenge because it is physically enormous and has several very expensive media markets. That’s why organization is critical in California, one of the mega states with a Feb. 5 primary date.