LA Times Endorses Obama
Democrat's 'character and temperament' are what country needs
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 18, 2008 8:53 AM CDT
Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., gestures during a rally at the Coliseum at Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Va., Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – The Los Angeles Times today endorsed Barack Obama for president “without hesitation,” citing his combination of “grace under pressure” and “passion to inspire the best within us.” His campaign was at first lit by the newness of his personal narrative, but “as the presidential race draws to its conclusion, it is Obama's character and temperament that come to the fore,” the Times’ editors write in the paper's first endorsement for top office since 1972, and first-ever for a Democratic presidential candidate.

John McCain’s career has “earned the Times' respect,” but this election has left him “nearly unrecognizable,” the editors write, slamming the “irresponsible” selection of Sarah Palin as running mate. While the editors welcome the fundamentals of McCain’s economic plan, they attack him for his choice to “exploit the crisis” and prefer Obama’s talent for working alongside experts. Obama, they note, “represents the nation as it is, and as it aspires to be.”