Barack Obama has initiated the process that will lead to him declaring his intention to run for the office of President of the United States in 2008:
Mr Obama, a Democrat, said on his website he had formed an exploratory committee, which would allow him to raise money and hire staff for the run.
Good luck to him, he'll need it if the US news companies continue to point out the similarities between 'Obama' and 'Osama' and to play up that his middle name is Hussein. Some of it has been a bit bizarre, some funny, but mostly quite unbelievable that so many mistakes can happen about one person.
No sign of Hilary yet but her little spat with Edwards might be a clear indication of her intentions.