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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 10:49 AM
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I can't recall hearing as comprehensive a speech about racism given...
...by any candidate of any party in this country in my lifetime. Nor can I recall one as well-written, well-delivered or as indicative of a person's intelligence and broad considerations in relation to repairing the racial divide in America.

  It reminds me that in this country of 300+ million people there really are some incredible minds and hearts, un-perturbed by howling winds of divisiveness and partisanship which have turned the fields of hope and prosperity in 2000 to the dustbowl of 2008.

  Obama has never been my first choice but I think this morning I got a taste of what America can produce- outside of the American political machine.

  The mere implication of quenching our troubles with men and women who have the vision and resolve of Barack Obama is as satisfying to this hopeless wretch as bucket after bucket of the carbonated dishwater dispensed by the other candidates- on both sides of the aisle.

PB
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 10:51 AM
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1. that was real leadership -- i feel lucky to be witnessing this moment in history
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 10:56 AM
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3. This really was a momentous speech- I didn't expect something of the quality...
...and thoughtfulness to which we were all gifted. Regardless of whether or not he wins the nomination or the presidency this speech stands alone as a vignette which is worthy of consideration outside of the context in which it was given.

  I cannot wait to see this again and to show it to others.

PB
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 11:06 AM
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8. it's already being called "the most important speech on racism since MLK's "I Have a Dream..."
and that's exactly how i feel right now. like i just witnessed history.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 11:19 AM
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11. I was just watching CNN and they said he wrote the majority of his speech.
Amazing. I want that brain, that heart, in the White House.

PB
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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 10:51 AM
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2. Not in my lifetime either
It was beautiful. I hope he will do it again on tape because the audio was screwy.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 10:57 AM
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4. Written it's powerful but his delivery is what will make it a classic. n/t
PB
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TeamJordan23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 10:58 AM
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5. Quinn of the Wash Post said it was the most important race speech since MLK. nm
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jasmine621 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 10:59 AM
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6. I can. MLK, Jesse Jackson (84 & 88), Al Gore, Bill Clinton,
I hate to burst some bubbles but really, was there anything in that speech that you really have not heard from other politician on the left? No one will give him credit for it, but Bill Clinton gave a speech about racism that was equally as good if not better. The speech was a good one but it is only a repackaging of his basic stump speeches...which are also great. But Colin Powell did as good a job in his convention speech but, of course, we don't like Colin Powell. Obama is the man of the moment but this speech did not sqare his actual lying about the Wright stuff in the beginning. It was only after his advisors said this stuff was getting out of hand that Obama came to this attempt at reconciliation over the Wright incident. He gets no stars from me. He would have, had he made some of these statements when the Wright issue was first raised. Obama is very good at what he does. But what he does is still questionable in my mind.
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dailykoff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 11:04 AM
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7. Extraordinary speech, extraordinary candidate.
I really think we're ready for a president named Barack Hussein Obama. From today's speech:

I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton's Army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas. I've gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world's poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners - an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.

It's a story that hasn't made me the most conventional candidate. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts - that out of many, we are truly one.


link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/18/obama-race-spe...

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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 11:09 AM
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There are few speeches which defy condensation or excerpting.
This is one of them. Does anyone know who wrote this?

PB
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Johnny__Motown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 11:09 AM
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9. He sure is lucky to be black..(kidding).. I bet Ferraro is medicated right now
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 11:10 AM
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10. They're physically restraining her from kicking in the third TV set. n/t
PB
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