Obama: the Stones fan who would be (like) Lincoln
WASHINGTON – Democratic voters in Pennsylvania are hearing all about presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s views on issues like Iraq and the economy — but where does he stand on those small but all-important, getting-to-know-you questions?
And he went on in rapid-fire succession, not shying away even from his recent underwhelming performance in a Pennsylvania bowling alley.
COFFEE OR TEA? — “Tea.”
WHICH PRESIDENT WOULD HE MOST WANT TO BE LIKE? — “Lincoln.”
WHY? — “He never lost sight of the humanity of even those who opposed him.”
IS HE SURE GOD EXISTS? — “Yes.”
HOW OFTEN DOES HE PRAY? — “Once a day, sometimes twice a day. It depends on the day.”
BEST THING HIS MOTHER TAUGHT HIM? — “Empathy, making sure that you can see the world through somebody else’s eyes, stand in their shoes. I think that’s the basis for kindness and compassion.”
BASKETBALL OR BOWLING? — “Basketball.”
NOT BOWLING? — “Not bowling. You saw those gutter balls. But you know what? That shows that I’m willing to try new things.”
WHAT MAKES HIM LOSE SLEEP? — “When I lose sleep at night, it is not because I am worrying about what’s going to happen in Pennsylvania or Indiana or how we’re going to resolve this contest. I lose sleep at night because I think about being president and all the challenges we have to face out there.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Cohn (Obama speaks at a campaign event in Pittsburgh on March 28)