And I am still kicking myself for not going out and seeing him when he was in Alexandria earlier this past year. Probably won't make it down to Richmond either, but at least it is nice to know that Virginia is in play now.

Barack will be attending the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in February. And he just wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post about how Congress has not gone far enough with ethics reform:

That's why it's not enough to just change the players. We have to change the game.

Americans put their faith in Democrats because they want us to restore their faith in government — and that means more than window dressing when it comes to ethics reform.

I know that I am an idealist. And I know that many people say that being an idealist is not practical and does not really work in the "real world". But I also believe that idealism is important and there is a time and place for it. I honestly believe that after what we have been through and where politics has taken us lately, that we need someone like Barack.

He may not have tons of experience, but he is incredibly smart and I have no doubt that he would surround himself with the people with the experience and who can give him the information he needs. He certainly can't do any worse then our current president. One of Barack's key strengths is that he knows how to listen and he can see both sides of most issues. This alone would be an improvement over what we have today.

He has the ideas and willingness to work for the betterment of our country. He has a vision for what this country could be and should stand for which is more then I can say for most politicians.

It will be an interesting year, that is for sure.

~Stephanie

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