What’s with this Obama Barack ? He told NBC's Meet the Press: I am still at the point where I have not made a decision to - to pursue higher office but it is true that I have thought about it over the last several months. Obama entered the national spotlight as the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, winning the Senate seat that November with 70 percent of the vote. Last month he was the main speaker at Sen. Tom Harkin's Iowa steak fry, an annual political Democrat event. "He took it by storm, like a rock star hit the place," said Trippi, who has been working in campaigns in Iowa since 1979. You felt it. It was not just his speech. It was the way the crowd surged around him ... You couldn't move if he was in the area. If he entered the race, you can’t help but think he might do well against Hillary and Condi. More here and here.