Reagan - known as THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR - made a national name for himself - IN POLITICS - after delivering a famous and prescient speech he gave for Barry Goldwater in 1964 - "A TIME FOR CHOOSING" - (short video here). After that 1964 speech, Reagan ran for governor of California and won. He did not run for the White House in 1968; Nixon won the nomination that year by beating Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Governor George Romney, (and won the election and ran for re-election successfully in 1972 - winning it in a HUMUNGOUS landslide). Reagan ran for the White House for the first time in 1976 - barely losing to INCUMBENT President (by appointment) Gerald Ford. Reagan ran and won in 1980.
The experience Reagan earned from 1964 to 1980 served him well - and the nation, too. And the ENTIRE Free World. AND THOSE WHO SUFFERED UNDER SOVIET TYRANNY!
Similarly, Obama made a name for himself in national politics in 2004 with a great speech - his in favor or John "Francois/Genghis Khan" Kerry. He is obvioulsy a polished orator, and a smooth TV personality. Almost as smooth - or slick - as Clinton! Barack Hussein Obama Junior is so smooth that SOME FOLKS ARE PUSHING HIM TO RUN IN 2008!
I think he should wait and run in 2016 - at the earliest.
And between now and then, maybe he should run, win and serve as a governor of Illiinois. The POTUS is, after all, more than a speech-maker. He's the Commander in Chief and Chief Executive of the Executive branch.
ASIDE: OH.... BY HE WAY: Barack Hussein Obama Junior never served in the military.
DOES THAT MEAN HE'S UNQUALIFIED FOR THE OFFICE?
UPDATE - 11/16/06: I actually feel that Obama is morally unfit for office. Here's why. And HERE and HERE and HERE.