Perhaps it’s corny to vote for somebody because they give you hope.
Maybe it’s utopian—and not hard-nosed enough.
But I admit that I find Barack Obama to be a calm and steady man of peace and intelligence.
I see him as somebody who will, even if only a little, steer the arc of world history toward greater reason, justice, and understanding.
Here’s Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) singing a song that I think embodies the kinds of hopes that Barack Obama inspires (at least in me):