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Barack Obama Like a Motherfucker 
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 | 05:20 pm [barack obama, commentary, politics]
Steve
I had planned to write an article, to be published here and at American Chronicle, about Barack Obama and his former pastor Jeremiah Wright.  But, having just read the speech Obama delivered earlier today in Philadelphia, I don't really see the point.  If you haven't heard or read it, check it out here courtesy of RealClearPolitics, which gives you the video and the full transcript.

There's also an excellent commentary by David Corn at the Mother Jones blog, and by James Carney at Time Magazine's website.

This is the bravest, most honest, most all around remarkable speech delivered by a politician in my lifetime.  I think most of us just expected him to repeat his repudiation of Wright's incendiary remarks and offer some basic explanation for his association with the church despite knowing how extreme were some of the pastor's politics.  Instead, Obama delivered the ballsiest speech on race in America since Martin Luther King, Jr., touching not just on the anger and frustration of the black experience as expressed by Jeremiah Wright, but on the hopes and fears of working class white Americans, too.  Hearing it, I thought it was an outstanding bit of oratory; reading it, I found it a beautiful piece of writing.

For people like me who have supported Obama and kept hoping that he would finally push his campaign over the top and demonstrate his ability to transcend labels like "liberal" and "Democrat" and really tell people something they haven't heard before, this is what we've been waiting for.

For God's sake, let's elect this man President of the United States.  Electing anyone else this time around would be a sin.
Comments 
Thursday, March 20th, 2008 | 03:39 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I liked Jon Stewart describing the speech as a leading Presidential contender speaking to the American people "like they were adults." Sad that that's actually noteworthy.

--Varjak
Thursday, March 20th, 2008 | 07:13 pm (UTC)
The other day on one of the radio shows I listen to, someone called in and criticized Obama for not saying "God bless America." I shit you not.

He gives the gutsiest, most intelligent speech about race I've ever heard from a politician, goes out of his way to mention his own Christian faith AND the fact that he believes his story would be impossible in any other country on the planet, but because he didn't employ that trite cliché, the caller had a problem.

You're right that it's noteworthy, Var, and that it's sad. Obama did talk to the American people like we're adults, but apparently some of us would still rather just get a smile and a patronizing pat on the head.
Sunday, April 13th, 2008 | 04:12 am (UTC) - What?
Anonymous
You self-hating, sell-out, obama ball-licking fat slob.
Sunday, April 13th, 2008 | 04:26 am (UTC) - Re: What?
Mom, I told you to stop commenting anonymously.

No, seriously, could you elaborate a bit on what it is I said that makes me self-hating, a sell-out, and a fat-slob?

I'd deny being an Obama ball-licker, too, but honestly, if the guy was in front of me, there's no telling what I might do.
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