It seems like only a short time ago that Barack Obama was a long-shot
candidate when he visited Santa Barbara City College in 2007. Now he
is the President Elect of the United States. Aside from the
groundbreaking racial implications, Obama is radically different than
past presidents in other important ways. His candor, humility and
directness are astonishing in an age where so many are jaded, indirect
and pandering. Here is a picture of him last year, taken by Warren
Schultheis at the beginning of the primary season. Even then, the
crowd was swelling with excitement.
Of course, the Jury is still out on Obama. He's certainly got his
work cut out for him. But no one can deny the long list of 'firsts'
that he has brought to American politics.