Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Obama Speech, redux 

The transcript can be found here.

Now, it seems everyone loved the speech, and for good reason.  Even Bob Dole gave him an "A" for his speech. 

The beginning of the speech, the part excerpted in the post below, was the weakest part.  Probably for two reasons:  (1) he never said that part of the speech before--it was new; (2) he's probably just not as comfortable talking about his upbringing and himself than he is talking about his vision of the country going forward.

But after the autobiographical part, Obama really hit his stride.   He loosened up, got fired up, and got everyone else fired up.  My favorite part, which I'd heard before as part of his primary stump speech, was this:
A belief that we are connected as one people. If there’s a child on the south side of Chicago who can’t read, that matters to me, even if it’s not my child. If there’s a senior citizen somewhere who can’t pay for her prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it’s not my grandmother. If there’s an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It’s that fundamental belief—I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sisters’ keeper—that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. “E pluribus unum.” Out of many, one.
A true vision for America.

Well, I don't have too much to add. Great speech. Better than I expected.

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