(Above: From left to right, Gov. Janet Napolitano, unknown woman and Sen. Barack Obama).
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is endorsing Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president, The Associated Press has learned.
The endorsement is a major gain for Obama in his race against chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton. One of several female governors, Napolitano is in her second term. Napolitano is the most prominent Democrat in Arizona and her endorsement could be significant in a state now regarded as winnable by a Democratic presidential candidate after decades as a near-lock for Republicans.
GOI: Living in the west I have heard a lot of good things about Napolitano and she is a very powerful woman in politics. She could be very important to help Obama convince more older women to support his candidacy. She could also help deliver an Obama win in Arizona and maybe help in other western states like my increasingly swing state of Colorado.
Napolitano has held top leadership posts in the National Governors Association and the Western Governors' Association.
GOI: She is one of the most popular governors in Arizona history and would be a great choice for vice president. Think of that ticket!! The first African American to be president and the first woman to be V.P.!!! Obama has much female support and he understands that women are key in winning elections and this endorsement helps show that he will do as much for female concerns in office as Hillary.(Above: Senator Barack Obama and his lovely wife Michelle).
He obviously understands that women are powerful and important players in not only politics but in life as well. His wife, Michelle is a very impressive person. She is very successful in her own right, not only in her career (worked as assistant for mayor of Chicago, associate dean of Student Services as Univ. of Chicago and listed as one of the world's 25 most inspiring women) but also as a wonderful mother. She is vital to what Barack has accomplished and would be one of the best first ladies that we could ever want. She is stunning in her beauty and together with her husband and children they are a striking family.
Again, we have to remind ourselves that endorsements don't always mean more votes but they help show that older party establishment types are impressed with Obama and know that he is the most electable. Piling up endorsements helps also in the sense that it helps give him even more credibility and trust in his candidacy. It helps to also show that his momentum not only survived his very close second finish in New Hampshire but also that it is picking up more steam throughout the country in states with different populations. Which thusly means that he is believed to be the best candidate that can handle the many different issues that vary from state to state.
With more and more party establishment types backing Obama, it gives him credibility that his message of change is not only welcome with the core of the party but more importantly that he can deliver that change once in office. These experienced endorsers believe that he can lead with conviction and courage, as well as strength. These establishment types wouldn't put their stellar careers of decades of experience on the line if they didn't believe that Obama could do the job well.
I'm not worried that an Obama presidency would be "lost in the forest" when it comes to experience with foreign policy matters. He is extremely intelligent and will quickly pick up how things work, especially with the help of veterans of such matters that would surely be apart of an Obama administration. And he would do it with much more tact, respect and understanding of other cultures than Bush ever did. I believe that his charisma will further help him work with foreign leaders to better get things done while maintaining a good relationship with the players than the condescending, pushy Bush. That goes for Hillary Clinton as well who seems less charismatic and palatable to a diverse world.
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