Breakfast talk

This Newsweek column on Barack Obama made me wonder how high the chances are that he’ll be elected by mainstream America.

Questions like “Is Obama a Muslim?” are already part of the debate. But apart from his religious affiliation, does he really stand a chance?

  • Kenyan father
  • Indonesian stepfather
  • foreign name
  • growing up in Indonesia

Another recurring question is
“Who has the better qualifications to lead the world’s only superpower?”

Besides his formal qualifications, Obama argues that his personal history will help understand foreign affairs.

I agree with the Newsweek columnist that living outside of Europe and North America changes perspectives and helps to see things from different angles. The author lists examples such as Zalmay Khalizad and Henry Kissinger.

Whatever the outcome, it will be interesting to follow Obama’s campaign.