Another stellar example of Obama's leadership credentials are in his handling of attempts to tie his campaign to Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan endorsed Obama. And Obama clearly denounced it (and rejected it after clumsy bullying by Hillary Clinton during the last Democratic debate). Then I hear (from Republican friends) that Obama is "meeting with Louis Farrakhan" and he "is probably a closet Muslim." This is the sort of shitstorm that probably awaits Obama from the Republican slime machine. But any honest person has to admit that there was never any doubt that Obama doesn't share Farrakhan's views. That said, honest people are in short supply during presidential elections. Obama must continue to calmly and rationally swat down ridiculous accusations like these. All indications are that he will continue to do so.
On the other side of the aisle we have Granpa Munster, John McCain. He was recently endorsed by John Hagee, a man who's views are every bit as reprehensible as Louis Farrakhan's. Yet McCain refused to reject the endorsement. Why? Because McCain covets the religious right vote thinking that he cannot win without it. He is probably correct. But this difference between McCain and Obama is compelling. When confronted with an endorsement from an abhorent individual, one bravely denounces it, the other embraces it.
And that is another reason why Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States of America.