The man who would be the first black President of the United States, Democrat Senator Barack Obama, has officially launched his bid for the White House in 2008.
He made the announcement on the same spot Abraham Lincoln denounced the divisions caused by slavery.
“In the shadow of the old state capital, where Lincoln once called on a house divided to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live,I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for Presidency of the United States of America,”- Barack Obama.
But there is some doubt he will win the Democratic nomination.
He electrified the 2004 Convention with a powerful speech. But he served only one term as a US senator.
Analyst Sidney Blumenthal says his personal story is his strength:
“ In some ways, it’s a story similar to Bill Clinton’s. He was raised by a single mother….and yet, finds himself rising to these positions all on his own.”
Obama is also up against some formidable competition. Hilary Clinton won her second term as New York senator by a landslide. Her name and fund raising skills make her a very difficult opponent to beat.