This morning I had breakfast with Barack Obama. I'd met him last June and came away with a favorable impression-- enough to want to hear him again. Today, in speaking to me and a couple hundred others, the Senator was inspirational, insightful, optimistic, funny, and approachable. He'd been good in June, but he was great today. He dazzled me.
I don't use the term "dazzled" lightly. I spent four years on Capitol Hill and have worked with and heard from many members of the "world's greatest deliberative body." I haven't ever been present where a politician spoke better.
What I care most about in a president is not what he or she will do to make my life easier or better. What I want is a president who will help make this country the best possible inheritance for my children. The Senator spoke eloquently about how to fix our "disease care system," to achieve better education for the young, and how to make the United States stand for the right thing in the world. My wife, too, was impressed. "There's so much more there than you hear in sound bites on TV," said she.
In the breakfast crowd were a fair number of venture capitalists, my brother among them. The Senator asked for our support in terms familiar to those VC's. Supporting him, he said, was a moderate risk investment with a very large potential payoff. Exactly.