Today, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Senator Barack Obama openly acknowledged for the first time that he was considering a run for president in 2008, backing off from his previous statements that he would not do so. The Illinois Democratic senator said that he could no longer stand by the statements he made after his 2004 election and earlier this year that he would serve a full six-year term in Congress. However, he stated that he would not announce a firm decision until after the November 7th elections.
Obama was largely unknown outside of Illinois, until he burst onto the national scene with his widely acclaimed Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. In recent weeks, his political stock has been rising as a potentially viable centrist candidate for president in 2008, especially after former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner announced earlier this month that he was bowing out of the race.
In a recent issue of Time Magazine, Obama’s face fills the cover next to the headline, “Why Barack Obama Could Be The Next President.” He is currently on wildly successful national tour promoting his latest book, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”
On Sunday, Obama dismissed notions that he might not be ready to run for president because of his limited experience in national politics. However, he agreed the job requires a “certain soberness and seriousness” and “can’t be something you pursue on the basis of vanity and ambition.” “I’m not sure anyone is ready to be president before they’re president,” Obama said. “I trust the judgment of the American people.”