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18 March 2008 @ 10:03 pm
This is why we vote for Obama.  

(37 Minutes, YouTube/CNN)
For a full transcript with the video on top, go here

A lot of people are calling this Barack's "I Have A Dream" speech.  When I first heard he was planning this, I knew it was a tremendous opportunity to not only put his pastor's words in context, but also make a larger commentary on race in this country in general.  He pulled it off beautifully, and people actually seem to be receiving the message.

This is an extremely smart person who comes to us from a background that allowed him to experience the effects of race from both sides, and enables him to take the lead in creating the conversation this country has so desperately needed to have for so long.  Here, in one speech, he has succinctly explained the damage racism causes as well as the genuine concerns held by all Americans that contribute to those lines of thinking.  He didn't back down, when he could have easily just abandoned the pastor and hoped it would all go away.  He has challenged us to take a look at ourselves, and our own families, and make the decision to take the right path forward.

If you don't listen to any other speech during this election cycle, make it this one.
RotSman: Tommy--hmmrotsman on March 19th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
It was a good speech and it make a lot of interesting points, but Obama is going to need to become much more impassioned as an orator before people should be making allusions to Dr. King. I almost fell asleep at certain points. Granted, it's just after 2am local...