After having read Obama's story of his family and his growing up, I was eager to find out more about his ideas and proposals for America's future. He is an exceptional writer. As he discusses America's problems, his philosophy and attitudes become apparent. He is compassionate snd devoted to helping others, especially those who seem to have no voice. Too often our leaders know about poor, disenfranchised individuals from a distance, as though they are studying a different species. Barack Obama has been one of the non-elite. He has worked to make life better for the poor and the unheard. He demonstrates his first-hand knowledge of regular folks' lives and explains how he would approach the problems America faces.