During the presidential campaign, there was much discussion of Barack Obama's resume. The junior senator from Illinois had been a community organizer, a law professor and a state legislator before going to Washington D.C. But most Americans voted for Obama regardless of his resume.

Four Oregonians in those professions weigh in on the new president. Ron Herndon was a community organizer in New Jersey and Harlem before coming to Portland to lead the Black United Front and Albina Head Start. Stephen Kanter is a constitutional law professor at Lewis and Clark law school. Margaret Carter is an Oregon state senator from Portland. Ron Wyden is the senior U.S. senator from Oregon.

Their perspectives on what is learned in their chosen vocations and on Barack Obama's character and leadership offers unique insights into the new president and where he might lead the United States.

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