Obama Speaks in Iowa

Senator Barack Obama opened his speech with a few strong words of support for Senator Ted Kennedy. It was very classy. Then, he drew out a long lead-up to stating that he has secured the majority of pledged delegates. You can read the official text but for the sake of brevity, here’s the lowdown:

  • He thanked Senator Hillary Clinton and correctly stated that she has changed the political landscape for his kids and women everywhere.
  • Obama said that the Republican primary was a contest to see who could out-Bush the other and that’s a contest that John McCain won.
  • Obama began a long list of what change is. In the middle of that list, he took a swipe at President Bush:“Change is an energy policy that doesn’t rely on buddying up to the Saudi Royal family and then begging them for oil. An energy policy. Change is an energy policy that puts a price on pollution and makes the oil companies invest their record profits on clean, renewable sources energy that will create millions of new jobs and leave our children a saver planet.”
  • For reasons that are unclear, MSNBC kept showing the one black face in the crowd, like there are a bunch of black folks in Iowa.
  • Change is coming to America.

This was Obama’s best speech in a very long time.

3 Responses

  1. I didn’t catch all of the it, by I didn’t hear Obama mention hope. Considering how bad off the country is, hope is something people need to hear more of. He learned from FDR early in his campaign, and he needs to reemphasize the reassuring leadership we need in our country’s time of crises.

  2. Obama said – The skeptics predicted we wouldn’t get very far. The cynics dismissed us as a lot of hype and a little too much hope. And by the fall, the pundits in Washington had all but counted us out.

    Later on he said – My faith in the decency, and honesty, and generosity of the American people is not based on false hope or blind optimism, but on what I have lived and what I have seen in this very state.

    Although he did mention hope, I think that you are correct. Americans need to be able to have hope in these terribly dark days.

    Thanks for your comments.

  3. I like the way that Obama is handling this. There is a lot of female anger out there against the media and other male-dominated groups/commentators who are seen as denigrating HRC’s chances based on her femaleness.

    Obama has chosen to rise above the difficulties of this kind of identity politics–which is as true for him as for her. Any one in the majority culture (like me) can see these two contenders as diminished in their capacity to win based on who they are rather than what they’ve done or said.

    I have a blog asking you to participate in a poem-writing exercise if you wish to escape the whole primary news cycle for a bit.


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