Friday, 29 August 2008
Obama really impresses me as a politician and a man. It may all be smoke and mirrors, but if he is genuine, then I would love to see a politician of that calibre here in Australia. The race to the White House will be an interesting one indeed.
In terms of the speech itself, his recognition of oil as a stop-gap measure is incredibly important. Any investment in biofuels and alternative energy by the US will be incredibly beneficial to the world. this is what Australia should be doing, not bowing down to the oil companies, rather we should recognise that R&D is the only way forward to ensure long-term viability of our society.
Aside from that it was very US-centric (as it should have been) so it doesn't affect me personally. Having better healthcare and education systems sounds promising. He seems committed to change, and has some good ideas to get there. Is it a little too good to be true though? Only time (and votes) will tell.