Barack Obama Interview
Issue: Sept. 2007
Story Headline: Ladies and Gentleman, (Is this) The Next President of the United States (?)
Background: At this point, Barack Obama was a hometown hero in the city of Chicago. As a top U.S. senator fighting for change, Obama was able to inspire others with his message of hope. After delivering several key speeches, pundits began to question if he was emerging as the frontrunner for next commander in chief after President Bush's devastating presidency. As the world begin to take notice, VIBE set up an interview with the savvy senator to find out why he could be a game changer in the years to come.
Memorable Quote: "Rap is reflective of the culture of the inner city, with its problems, but also its potential, its energy, its challenges to the status quo. And I absolutely agree my priority as a U.S. senator is dealing with poverty and educational opportunity and adequate health care. If I'm ignoring those issues, and spending all my time worrying about rap lyrics, then I'm wasting my time. On the other hand, I think that there's no doubt that hip-hop culture moves our young people powerfully. And some of it is not just a reflection of reality. It also creates reality. I think that if all about kids see is a glorification of materialism and bling and casual sex and kids are never seeing themselves reflected as hitting the books and being responsible and delaying gratification, then they are getting an unrealistic picture of what the world is like."