Sorry, I can't.
Obama's in a long line of pols who by virtue of television put themselves before the public as serious candidates for the presidency.
It began with Estes Kefauver in 1952. Kefauver, the Democratic senator from Tennessee, had been elected a mere four years earlier. But after heading the famous crime hearings of the early fifties he became a household name. He immediately ran for president. NBC did a special at the convention, Kefauver versus the special interests (ie: bosses).
The bosses still ran things then so Kefauver went down to inglorious defeat (with Truman's connivance). The truth is he didn't have a prayer.
He was ahead of his time. But since then TV has given pols with short resumes like Obama and Estes the opportunity to make serious runs for president.
I wouldn't wish to go back to the era of the bosses. But the seriousness with which they took politics is impressive compared with our period's insufferable inanity.
At least the bosses KNEW the people they put before the public as candidates for the presidency. What do we know about Obama?
That we lack a clearinghouse for candidates comparable in sophistication to the system of old is a scandal.
And don't tell me the media are a good substitute. They play the role only passably better than school children drawn to a flying moth. Obama is exciting to TV people because he's charismatic and interesting. They don't vet him the way the bosses vetted a candidate. They don't ask if he's compiled an impressive record. They don't wonder if he's made the right sort of enemies. They don't pull him aside and ask if there's anything in his past that might produce a scandal. (Ok, they ask. But they are unlikely to receive the unvarnished truth the way the bosses did, though the bosses of course made plenty of mistakes--think Harding.)
But here we go again.
Obama: The Great Black AND White Hope of America, 2008.
For his sake and ours I hope he loses. He's too green for the job. And as Bush has proved, green presidents make bad presidents (unless their last name happens to be Lincoln).