- First there's the vote of confidence from a respected econimist -- former Fed chair, Paul Volker. Volker notes that he's been reluctant to venture into political waters, though he's a Democrat (having been appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1979 and serving until turning things over to Alan Greenspan in 1987).
He concluded: “It is only Barack Obama, in his person, in his ideas, in his ability to understand and to articulate both our needs and our hopes that provide the potential for strong and fresh leadership. That leadership must begin here in America but it can also restore needed confidence in our vision, our strength, and our purposes right around the world.”
- The question in the air concerns the opinions of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House. Although she maybe reluctant to speak openly, because of her unique position as Speaker, one could discern her thinking from endorsements given by members of her inner circle. And those endorsements are going to Obama. Among those in this circle endorsing Obama including Pelosi's closest friend and ally in Congress -- Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) -- who added her endorsement to that of other California allies -- Rep. George Miller and Rep. Xavier Becerra. Here is what Eshoo had to say:
“Barack Obama inspires me. He gives me hope,” Eshoo said in a statement. “He appeals to the best in us, and in doing so he restores the sense of idealism that brought me to public service. He challenges us to dream bigger and reach farther.”