In 2008 I think maybe I was planning on voting for Dennis Kucinich or John Edwards(before we knew about his problems obviously). But by time by primary rolled around for Ohio I think it was down to just him and Hillary. I think she would have made a great president too, by the way.
But I really liked that Obama had come from a different background. Some people might think he's exotic, but really I think his ethnic mix and how he grew up is as much of a typical American story as Bill Clinton's. And certainly a more typical American story than Mitt Romney's or George W. Bush.
I also liked that he had that background as a community organizer. I really admire that kind of thing. I think the final decision came for me when somebody started attacking him for being associated with Rev. Wright, based on some of the Reverend's views. It was intended to scare people away I know. But for me it had the reverse effect. It made me like him more. The speech he gave talking about Rev. Wright and race issues, I think in Philadelphia, right around that time, it had a big impact on me. Even though I criticize the President a lot on some of his policies, really I like him a lot. I support him very strongly. He's done a good job and the alternative would be way worse.