Obama's secret weapon, his wife? - Johnny Jackson

It would seem, in these presidential primaries, that Barack Obama has revealed his secret weapon - the same one his democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, could not keep under wraps.

Obama has revealed his spouse, wife Michelle Obama.

I heard Michelle speak only recently, just before the democratic debate between Hillary and Barack; and Michelle was, to say the least, an inspiring orator.

It is not to say that Michelle can speak circles around anyone else on any given issue or any particular issue. She has, however, done her job thus far in empowering like-minded people through the spoken word.

I caught her speaking to a crowd on C-SPAN. Without speaking to specific policy as I would expect, Michelle spoke at length, relating herself, her husband, and their families to the so-called American dream.

Indeed, Barack's family probably has more in common with most Americans than any other candidates vying for a party nomination.

That commonality alone is certainly not enough to qualify him as a potential president, much less the nominee for his party. There are those pesky issues of foreign and domestic policy.

He has taken a stance on health care that, all things considered, potentially more people will warm up to than has his immediate adversary (Hillary Clinton).

Parts of Barack's would-be foreign policy seem likewise more palatable to the masses.

As our current president, Barack has put on an air of steadfast resolve. He may forever be known as the one who spoke out against "the war in Iraq." Unlike most national politicians, he can still hold firm to that assertion without much of a challenge.

Barack has, by his own merits as all who are left in the primaries, set himself apart from his competitors in ideas and policy.

His one wild card, though, may have nothing to do with what he says about Iraq, health care, or anything of the sort.

The one thing that could set him apart, I am noticing, could be his wife. Michelle seems capable of inspiring and mobilizing the average person by the masses; and I think, if there is a tide to turn in the democratic primary, she may be its prime force.

With candidates Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Mike Huckabee appealing to conservative and moderate voters in the Republican Party and potentially able to galvanize just as many average folk, one wonders what sort of campaigning season lies ahead.

Johnny Jackson is the education reporter for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at jjackson@henryherald.com or at (770) 957 - 9161.