1994 fick Barack Obama den här frågan i en intervju:
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS TO RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE?
Not at the moment. I have only been married a year, so I need to spend a lot of time with my wife, and hopefully that will continue, that’s a pleasure I am still working at my law practice. I teach a course at the University of Chicago on civil rights law. That keeps me pretty busy; I have a real full plate at the moment. My general view about politics and running for office, if you end up being fortunate enough to have the opportunity to serve, it’s because you have a track record of service in the community And I think right now I am still building p that track record and if a point comes when I think I can do more good in a political office than doing the things that I am doing now, then I might think about it, but that time is certainly in the future.
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