Newspapers in NYC, DC, Chicago, LA and SF Endorse Obama

October 18, 2008 at 3:35 am Leave a comment

Excerpts from recent newspaper endorsements of the presidential candidates. The Los Angeles Times endorses Democrat Barack Obama, calling him “educated and eloquent, sober and exciting, steady and mature.”

The Washington Post calls Obama “the right man for a perilous moment.” The Chicago Tribune, endorsing a Democratic presidential nominee for the first time, expresses “tremendous confidence” in Obama’s “intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions.”

Los Angeles Times endorsed Democrat Barack Obama on Oct. 17:

… We need a leader who demonstrates thoughtful calm and grace under pressure, one not prone to volatile gesture or capricious pronouncement. We need a leader well-grounded in the intellectual and legal foundations of American freedom. Yet we ask that the same person also possess the spark and passion to inspire the best within us: creativity, generosity and a fierce defense of justice and liberty.

The Times without hesitation endorses Barack Obama for president. …

We may one day look back on this presidential campaign in wonder. We may marvel that Obama’s critics called him an elitist, as if an Ivy League education were a source of embarrassment, and belittled his eloquence, as if a gift with words were suddenly a defect. In fact, Obama is educated and eloquent, sober and exciting, steady and mature. He represents the nation as it is, and as it aspires to be.


El Diario/La Prensa, the largest Spanish-language daily paper in New York City, endorsed Obama on Oct. 17:

… El Diario/La Prensa endorses Sen. Barack Obama as the leader ready to redirect the United States of America towards its promise.

Sen. Obama wisely opposed Bush’s misguided and immoral charge into Iraq…

Sen. Obama has correctly identified that trickle-down economics are not addressing the inequities Americans face…

Sen. Obama has committed to investing in schools and to making higher education more accessible.

… While Sen. John McCain once appeared as a reasonable interlocutor on immigration reform, he gradually pandered to Republican ultra conservatives by promoting a two-step process emphasizing border enforcement. Sen. Obama clearly outlines a far superior plan that will take a smarter approach to immigration, including bringing undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.


The Chicago Tribune endorsed Democrat Barack Obama on Oct. 17.

… Many Americans say they’re uneasy about Obama… We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.

We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready.

When Obama said at the 2004 Democratic Convention that we weren’t a nation of red states and blue states, he spoke of union the way Abraham Lincoln did.

… We are proud to add Barack Obama’s name to Lincoln’s in the list of people the Tribune has endorsed for president of the United States.


The Washington Post endorsed Democrat Barack Obama on Oct. 17:

… It is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain’s disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president. It is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race…

Mr. Obama is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building…

Mr. Obama’s temperament is unlike anything we’ve seen on the national stage in many years. He is deliberate but not indecisive; eloquent but a master of substance and detail; preternaturally confident but eager to hear opposing points of view. He has inspired millions of voters of diverse ages and races, no small thing in our often divided and cynical country. We think he is the right man for a perilous moment.


The San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Democrat Barack Obama on Friday, Oct. 17.

… The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression gave Americans an opportunity to see the two major-party candidates under heightened stress…

Sen. John McCain magnified the aura of crisis, “suspending” his campaign to return to Washington, where his role in negotiations was at best tangential. Sen. Barack Obama was a portrait of calmness and deliberation, reminding Americans that it is possible for a leader to juggle more than one task at a time…

The Illinois senator was similarly deliberative–in contrast with McCain’s quick-draw provocation–when Russia invaded Georgia in August …

Obama has kept his composure and maintained a vision of optimism that has drawn an unparalleled wave of young people into the political process. His policies and his persona have offered hope to a nation that is deeply polarized, swimming in debt, mired in war and ridden with anxiety. He taps into that treasured American reservoir–patriotism–with his calls for sacrifice and national service.

Barack Obama is the right president for these troubled times.


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