Sen. Barack Obama explains why he’s running for president to an audience in Elkhart, Ind., yesterday

It’s the question every presidential candidate must be prepared to answer, but when it was posed to Barack Obama by a 7-year-old yesterday, the Democratic senator seemed at a loss for words.

Appearing before a packed high school gym in Elkhart, Ind., the young girl asked Obama why he is running for the White House.

“America is, is no longer, uh, what it could be, what it, it once was,” Obama said haltingly. “And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.”

Talk-radio superstar Rush Limbaugh, who featured the clip on his show today, marveled that Obama didn’t immediately speak of running because he loves America.

“You’re running for president of the U.S., and you run down the country to a 7-year-old?” said an incredulous Limbaugh.

Limbaugh suggested someone should ask Obama to name the period when, in his opinion, America was as it should be.


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