Wednesday, March 19, 2008

One for the History Books

My mailbox has been flooded the last couple of days with people telling me I've got to see the speech Obama just gave. Well, I admit I didn't immediately drop everything to listen--I figured it wouldn't change my opinion about the guy. I'm already a delegate for him!

But I just took the time to take it in. It turns out his speech is a piece of stunning oratory you don't often see in the modern era.

Give it a listen!

You can watch or read the whole speech here:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3511

If you're busy, here's a highlight from the speech:
"We have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle, as we did in the OJ trial, or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina, or as fodder for the nightly news. We can play Reverend Wright's sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words.

"We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.

"We can do that.

"But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we'll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.

"That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, "Not this time."
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