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I imagine that lots of you out there remain fierce critics of Barack Obama. Next week Republicans will legitimately debate and challenge many of his ideas, especially about his call for a more activist government. It will be fascinating now when John McCain and Obama meet in debates.
But for this moment and for this purpose, I saw Obama's speech tonight as a political masterpiece. As I had a chance to say on CNN a few moments ago, it was in many ways less a speech than a symphony. I also sensed that we saw tonight an Obama who is growing into a new, more mature leader - stronger, tougher, harder-hitting than he had appeared only a few weeks ago.
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Whether Obama will win this Novemember or not is still very unclear, but if he does, I imagine we may look back and say this was a major turning point.
Many of you, I know, will disagree. From all of you, I would welcome your thoughts - you, after all, are the voters who will actually decide the fate of the country.
Obama basicy lied throught his speech. If he so welcome debating with McCain why did he chicken out of 11 town hall meetings with McCain.
Masterpiece is almost an understatement, if that's possible.
I am so proud to be an American tonight.
I have to say, I think the thing I like most about Obama is that he's black.
I love that a black man is nominated.
I love that is youthful and energetic.
I love that he means well and wants to change things.
Do I think he can do it?
i agree 100%
David: I couldn't agree more. I believe in Barack Obama and I believe in America. Obama/Biden '08! Yes we can!
Just look at the convention alone. If our current governmetn operates so well we definitely would have a better economy, better response to Katrina, and more proactive and planned foreign policy. Experience? Just look at the campaigns? Look at the Europe trip. Organizational ability. Change will not come from Washington but to Washington as he said.
That juice sure do taste good. I agree, a masterpiece in political speech.
LOVE HIM ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.DAVID,YOU ARE A GREAT PERSON PLEASE REMAIN THAT WAY,WE LOVE YOU............GOD BLESS.
I love that he's black.
I love that he's young and energetic.
I love that he means well and wants to change Washington.
Do I believe he can do it?
Landslide for Obama. Next week will show us why.
I love Obama and will be supporting him as we go forward, but as big speeches go, this was not one of them. Substance, yes, but emotion, no.
Well said, David. Obama addressed everything he has been criticized for and more. It truly was a phenomenal speech. He has made me a stronger believer today. This is what an American movement looks like.
I thought his speech on race was a high mark in political speeches. This one raises the bar. He is ready. He calls us all to be involved and make the change. Truly inspirational. Truly a masterpiece. Mark me down as in complete agreement with you David. And next week we get to listen to John? Ouch
This was an incredible speech. I just hope and pray he gets elected. Unlike the Republicans he is not taking any personal attacks. He is comparing facts, stating what he will do. I like many Americans can connect with him and Joe Biden. I cannot connect with John McCain. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are more like the average Americans and because of that I truly believe they know what needs to change to make America great again.
David, I fully agree with you. And I think as Americans , even some who consider themselves racist, will come to know him over the next few weeks and realize that his message also resonates with them.
Fear, or the unknown, is often what prevents people from moving forward. The naysayers really should consider challenging themselves on what they want in a candidate, but more improtantly what they want for their families and their country. He , Obama, is not a God..he is an ordinary man that has managed to articulate (speak) what most of us feel but just didn't put into words. I appalud him and I appalud our citizens for wanting a vision for our country..that is really what HOPE is.
David you are so RIGHT!! I can't believe Im with you on this one because lately you have been so off base & throwing hate barbs at Barack's character. HOWEVER, Barack speech was the best among EVERY SPEAKER!! Barack gave us a clear contrast between he and Sen. McCain. I will proudly work in South Carolina & vote to make sure Barack is elected PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA!!
I agree with you. But it was fascinating to see the blogs lower down - mostly enthusiastic approval, but also, as is to be expected, critical voices. What was stunning, however, was the disconnect of the latter - they had nothing to do with the speech itself but merely followed established storylines. Such as "there were no specifics," which is patently absurd. Or "all about his ego," which is just as patently absurd. As you point out, his (very specific indeed) proposals will have many Republicans and TrickleDownDieHards apoplectic, and we can be sure to hear from their economic team sooner rather than later. We will also hear the tired argument that business profits are good "for everyone" because very Dick, Tom, and Hariette has a few stocks in his or her 401K ("ownership society," brouhahahahah). But my guess is that none of THOSE guys will claim that Obama wasn't specific enough...
I agree David. The paid spinners and bloggers are out ,I feel really sorry for them.They make a living lying for others.
My friends, the Senator from Illinois gave a very nice speech tonight. But is he ready, yea, eager as I am to display America's strength to the entire world by letting the missiles fly? I think not.
Who is my running mate? I've forgotten already, but, my friends it really doesn't matter. What does matter is that you join with me in insuring that the Lexus Evangelicals and other Modern Pharisees keep their grasp on government.
It is a political masterpiece, that's why its basically been reused over the past 20+ years.
Same old tired speech. All glitz but no experence meat in it.
CNN don't fool your selves, McCain is not a canidate of change.
You're right David, it was a masterpiece. It brought me and my wife to tears. This man is amazing. I just hope Americans are smart enough to elect him president...