Obama’s brilliant speech

Did you see Barack Obama’s race speech or what he calls “A More Perfect Union” speech yesterday? Wow, what a performance! He spoke about two of the most controversial issues in American politics, race and religion, and did it with such strength, confidence, but at the same time, humility. To get all the details, read the transcrip here. I think this will become a classic within the category of political speeches, this is political art – smart, visionary and extremely personal (look at what he says about his white grand mother). As one of the commentator at Huffington Post, Chris Durang, says, “We would be lucky, very lucky, to have him as a president.”

And even before he was finished speaking, people started posting comments online about the speech. Huffington Post has a good overview, take also a look at Technorati. Here are reader’s comments at Washington Post.

4 thoughts on “Obama’s brilliant speech

  1. From my Calvinist standpoint, I applaud that Obama managed to use the word “church” 11 times and “faith” five times. It is great that Obama shows that America is for everyone – except for those filthy, faithless atheists obviously.

  2. I agree that it was a stunning rhetorical achievement. However, Obama did not answer the central question of why he spent 20 years of his life in a church where he does not share the worldview of his pastor. Furthermore, if his ultimate goal is to move towards a “postmodern” race reconciliation on why did he let his children listen to the crazy rantings of Jeremiah Wright? This will come back to haunt him in the general election and would seriously damage his ability to attract white working class support.

    Congratulations with a cool blog Bente. I have to start blogging again myself sometime in the near future.

  3. I also think its amazing to hear some of the things Jeremiah Wright has said, and I’m trying to understand how influentual this pastor has been for Obama, something probably only Obama knows.
    But I think the pastor story is just one of many stories coming up in this election, and eventually, it will fade in the background. But I think Obama used the misery to confront a very controversial issue in an intelligent way. Just look at what Hillary is getting herself into now, with the “sniper story”, which is clearly not helping her, according to the latest polls: http://tinyurl.com/25rkx9

    Regarding your worries for the white working class and what they like – have a look here, at the blogg Stuff White People Like:

    By the way, I just saw that progressive blogger DailyKos has endorsed Obama:

    Not a very good day for Hillary…

  4. There are not many good days for Hillary these days. The sniper-story, Bill Richardson endorsing Obama, and the ongoing battle of superdelegates…..Maureen Dowd has a “nasty” op-ed (Hillary or Nobody) in New York Times yesterday saying that the Clintons is just fighting so Obama can loose in November -and they can win in 2012. I cannot remember Hillary giving a speech with depth and substance as Obama´s speech last week. Time will show us what kind of tipping point – success or failure!

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