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We must not let this moment pass us by

Tonight, August 28, 2008, Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado. This speech may well be ranked as one of the best speeches of the 21st Century.

Democrats are uniformly ecstatic about the speech. Republicans are trying desperately to give it a negative spin. Neither group really matters. What ultimately matters is what independents and undecided voters think of the speech. I can’t see how anyone could listen to that speech without being moved.

Even conservatives, like Andrew Sullivan were moved by the speech.

more after the break…

It was a deeply substantive speech, full of policy detail, full of people other than the candidate, centered overwhelmingly on domestic economic anxiety. It was a liberal speech, more unabashedly, unashamedly liberal than any Democratic acceptance speech since the great era of American liberalism. But it made the case for that liberalism – in the context of the decline of the American dream, and the rise of cynicism and the collapse of cultural unity. His ability to portray that liberalism as a patriotic, unifying, ennobling tradition makes him the most lethal and remarkable Democratic figure since John F Kennedy.

What he didn’t do was give an airy, abstract, dreamy confection of rhetoric. The McCain campaign set Obama up as a celebrity airhead, a Paris Hilton of wealth and elitism. And he let them portray him that way, and let them over-reach, and let them punch him again and again … and then he turned around and destroyed them. If the Rove Republicans thought they were playing with a patsy, they just got a reality check.

He closes his blog entry with the following lines.

I’ve said it before – months and months ago. I should say it again tonight. This is a remarkable man at a vital moment. America would be crazy to throw this opportunity away. America must not throw this opportunity away.

Know hope.

This is the full video of the speech. The video is 45 minutes long.

Full text of the speech can be found here.


  1. spacemanspiff

    you are hating. Pure and simple.

    Even Pat Buchanan is gushing.

    What is there to nitpick? Even the McCain camp had no idea how to respond, even with an hour headstart ( the campaing released the full speech earlier).

    It was proof that not even Karl Rove could find wiggle room in that masterpiece of a speech.

    He went on attack, he praised the Clintons (especially Bill, even adopting his lines), he was soaring, he got into as much detail as he could in a 37 minute speech.

    Did you watch the camera shots?

    People were nodding. They understood.

    We can not have 4 more years of this shit. This great country deserves better. The world deserves a better representation of who we are as Americans.

    The speech was red meat for Democrats. I am so proud.

    I’m proud of this country and I’m proud of our party.

    Let’s take back the White House!

    P.S. Washington Post saying Repubs thinking of moving their convention date. The fact that they are even thinking about it says all you have to know about this historic night.


  2. …was Obama’s use of righteous, justifiable anger. It shows the corollary of hope – passion for justice. He’s proving himself a fighter, but a deft, lethal, precise one.

    One of his most devastating parries, IMHO, was the use of the refrain;

    “It’s not that John McCain doesn’t care: he just doesn’t know…”

    Great way to go attack without going negative and losing the high moral ground. Kudos to Obama and he’s team. He’s doing all I hoped for.

    Onward to the final battle.

    Thanks for this diary Indie

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