Barack Obama: November 2006 Archives

Bottom line: I think Sen. Barack Obama, who is seriously considering a run for president, is going to jump into the 2008 race. I predict the freshman Illinois Democrat will announce near the end of this year or the beginning of 2007, sometime after he returns from a holiday break in his native Hawaii. Here's what's on Obama's to-do list:

Sen. Barack Obama steps up his pre-exploratory 2008 presidential campaign, making his first trip to New Hampshire on Dec. 10.

The Illinois Democrat will be the guest at a party hosted by the New Hampshire Democratic Party in Manchester. Obama has been to Iowa, the home to the first presidential caucus, several times. New Hampshire, now that's a different story; this will be Obama's inaugural presidential mode visit.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton--the other top tier 2008 possibility, coming off her re-election in New York, has not made recent stops in Iowa or New Hampshire. But she knows the territory from her husbands' presidential campaigns.

Obama has told me if he gets in the 2008 primary for president, he fully expected to be part of the traditional process of running in the early Iowa and New Hampshire contests.

Sen. Barack Obama's biggest cheerleader, Sen. Dick Durbin, launched an online petition drive on Monday to persuade his fellow Illinois Democrat to run for president.

Several people tell me that Obama, who is seriously considering a bid, is phoning people he knows to get input -- and cold-calling key figures in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Sen. Dick Durbin is one of Sen. Barack Obama's biggest presidential boosters.
Now he's launching an on-line petition drive to persuade Obama to jump in the 2008 White House race.

Obama is weighing a bid--and Durbin hopes the petition drive tips the scales toward his fellow Illinois Democrat.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), on ABC's "This Week" says the Democrats want 2007 to be a year of transition--even if the Iraq Study Group does not declare that the U.S. needs to fashion some kind of withdrawl plan from Iraq.

The recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton group could come out this week. Watch for a big rollout.

And here is the latest from Durbin on the status of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), mulling a White House bid.
DURBIN: I did speak to Barack just a few days ago in Washington and I know that he and Michelle were sitting down and making some hard choices at this point. It's an important personal and family decision.

Click below for full comments of Durbin, who will be the Senate whip after the new Democratic controlled Senate convenenes in January.

Comprehensive and eloquent, though not unique -- it was not intended to be -- Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Monday laid out his vision of how the U.S. should proceed in Iraq.

Potential presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-ill.) said Monday he is against sending in more troops to Iraq in the hopes of getting the U.S. out faster. In a speech delivered to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs he said there are "no good options" left. Obama said it was doubtful the Iraqi civilian government "can function for long" and there is little that the U.S. can do to stop sectarian violence. Obama also supports talks with Iran and Syria.

He is for--as he has been-a phased redeployment in four to six months (in his book he wanted this to start by the end of this year)

This reduction in U.S. troops should be tied to "precise levels and dates" and "should not depend on Iraqi approval." Obama is calling for troops to be redeployed to Afghanistan, to be part of a NATO force there.

Another test for 2008?
Obama again publicizing HIV screening -- and he's got a big speech on Iraq today

For the second time in 97 days, Sen. Barack Obama -- who is mulling a 2008 presidential run and giving a big speech on Iraq today -- will take another public HIV/AIDS test.
Given his marriage to his wife, Michelle, and the certainty he is not shooting up anything, Obama's test results will again be negative.

I ran into Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) outside the Senate chamber this afternoon, and got this update on his presidential decision timetable. He is not going to “dilly dally,? he told me. Meanwhile, he will deliver a major speech on Iraq Monday and will talk to Wal-Mart critics as will 2008 potential White House rival former Sen. John Edwards. All this, plus new Obama committee assignments just a click away.

The 2008 presidential race is lurching center stage, Sen. Barack Obama--already polling second to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton--said women and minorities have a higher hurdle to cross when it comes to winning the White House.

"You know, my sense is, whether it's the African- American candidate running, a woman candidate running, if it's a nontraditional candidate, there's an additional threshold you have to meet," Obama said.

Is the nation racist and sexist? This question comes as Obama and Oprah Winfrey are but two of the luminaries at today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.

Spoke Obama, "For all the progress we have made, there are times when the land of our dreams recedes from us – when we are lost, wandering spirits, content with our suspicions and our angers, our long-held grudges and petty disputes, our frantic diversions and tribal allegiances."

Obama speech below.

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Lynn Sweet is a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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