Rick Rogers: Obama, Palin make this race one for the history books

Rick Rogers

No matter which side of the political party line you stand on, there is no denying the historical implications the 2008 political race holds.

Not only is Barack Obama the first African-American to hold a major political party’s nomination for president, but now Gov. Sarah Palin will make history as the first Alaskan to appear on a major party ticket for vice president and the first female vice president pick for the Republican Party.

While Obama’s nomination holds more of a significant role in history, Palin’s vice presidential partnership with GOP nominee John McCain is also intriguing, considering she is only the second woman to appear on a major ticket. In 1984, Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale chose then-U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro as his vice president nominee. The 2008 election is an example of how far our nation has come. We have an African-American presidential candidate, and a 44-year-old female governor from Alaska as a vice presidential nominee on the GOP ticket.

No matter who wins the ticket to the White House, this year will go down in history as a significant turning point in our nation.


The organizers of the Republican National Convention will have a big act to follow after the large-scale event of the Democratic convention.

On Thursday night, more than 80,000 people packed Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium to witness Obama’s speech in person. The stage was like no other I?have seen at a political convention. The setting seemed more like an Oscar show or a halftime event at the Super Bowl.

Whether or not you agree with the message or tone of Obama’s speech, there is no denying that the Democrats pulled out all the stops in setting a big stage for the event.

Rick Rogers is the publisher of the Neosho Daily News.