August 6, 2005 â€” a regular segment called ‘Not My Job’ on the NPR news show Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me â€” and the guest panelist is a senator by the name of Barack Obama. It’s long before he announces presidential aspirations, but there is already buzz about this guy. Eight months earlier, he had won his U.S. Senate seat by the largest margin in Illinois history (70% to 27%). And after hearing him banter with the show host and the other panelists, and perform rather well in a quiz on a topic that he was unlikely to know anything about, I like him. He sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders. He’s charming. Is it enough for me to base my vote on this November? Hell, no. But it certainly got me looking in his direction, and the more I look, the more I like what I see.
At the very least, it’s 13 entertaining minutes wherein you can listen to a now-candidate (rather refreshingly) talk about some things that have absolutely nothing to do with politics:
Sen. Barack Obama joins the panelists to play a game called You’re in the Lunatic Hall of Fame: three questions about the superstitions of Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.