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“I don’t want to be coy,” said Barack Obama last Sunday when he was asked about a run for the White House. “I have thought about the possibility.”

And with those six words, the lid blew off the run of “Obama-mania” that has been mounting ever since a bright-eyed Barack Obama wowed the nation at the Democratic National Convention two years ago.

The now- junior Senator from Illinois, the kid from Kansas and Kenya, has served less than two years in Washington, but the drumbeat for an Obama presidential bid is absolutely booming.

Is he too young? Is he the right stuff? We’ll ask him.

Hear a conversation with Senator Barack Obama on hope, the country, and the US presidency.


Quotes from the Show:

“Our politics are inadequate for the problems we face right now.” Barack Obama

“There are a set of core values that are important to me personally.” Barack Obama

“The country is not as polarized as our politics would suggest.” Barack Obama

“I think the American people are profoundly non-ideological.” Barack Obama

“U.S. troops should withdraw from Iraq in the near future. … We should not retain a significant troop presence in Iraq in the long run either.” Barack Obama

“We need a change in tone to restore our image in the world. … We’ve had an [Bush] administration that has gone out of its way indicating that it doesn’t care what the world thinks.” Barack Obama

Guests:

Barack Obama, junior U.S. senator from Illinois. He is author of “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”

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  • Wayne Deri

    I’d like to re-listen to the October 27, 2006 interview with Barack Obama. Please make this available, just as it says it is supposed to be on the On Point Past Shows page.
    Thank you,
    Wayne

  • Joe Willett

    The audio that plays when I click the “Listen to this show” link at the top of the page is a recording of the Week In The News show that aired the same day, not the Obama interview.

    I’d really like to listen to this interview again and enjoy a short-term historical perspective.

  • Steve Smith

    when one clicks on the link to the program, you get “the week in review” instead of Barrack. Just thought you might want to re-route the link.

  • eric morgan

    Please, on the day of the historic inauguration, make the interview available to your listeners. I heard it when it aired but I’d like to hear it again, after the lengthy campaign so that I can put his comments in perspective.

    Thanks,

    Eric

  • donniethebrasco

    Barack Obama supports government funded 3rd trimester abortions.

  • Renee Hollier

    “You’ll end up a windbag like Senator Joe Biden…”  LOL

    Great interview though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248270001 Jess Brown

    Oh Barry…

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