I agree 100%, and this is precisely the reason that while many want to see Obama run and be elected President now, I think we will have an even better Obama as president with more experience gained. I take the long view.
Many of us in Britain love following American elections. Other than our own, there are none that capture as much interest. Ask the average Briton the political break-down and gossip in France or Germany and they'll give you blank stares. Actually, so would I for the most part.
I think obviously this is because America is the world's most powerful country. But I think it also shows that there is some bond still alive.
Hillary Clinton is, for the most part, very popular in Britain. She has gravitas and an air of authority.
Having said that, having read about her positionings, she is a little too savvy for my liking. Too much political manouevring and not enough real substance or convictions. That's my outside impression.
I think this Obama sounds a good candidate, although is he not a youngster?
As for the Republicans, I sincerely hope they do not get in again, but if they must, I think McCain sounds about the best choice. He's not a neo-con and nor is he an evangelist. And he does seem to take global warming seriously.