Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obama Speech: 'A More Perfect Union'

On this day, on this here Blog I declare March 18, 2008

This is the most powerful speech ever given. I was choked up listening (and reading it).

PENNSYLVANIA STAND UP FOR CHANGE! Don't be fooled by the evil clinton machine and it's slick talk.


Mrs. Manny Ramirez said...

I confess that there are times that I am jealous of those who came up during the civil rights era. Don't get me wrong I'm glad I missed the lynchings, Bull Connor, the water hoses and all the other terrible aspects of the period. What I wish I had been a part of was the March on Washington and/or any of the opportunities to live and breathe in the presence of greatness that was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But after today, after that speech I feel like I have come close to what it must have been like. I am proud that I will be able to vote for Barack Obama the next president of the United States.

Adia said...


This is one of those speeches that will go down in history.

Today Barack Obama was that single black child in the classroom of white children, or the single black co-worker, or college student, that literally answered for the entire black race. I mean, he covered slavery, to the black church, to welfare, everything, and he did so eloquently, clearly and without flinching. I am very proud right now.

The circumstances behind why he has to answer for the entire black race have really pissed me off though. I must say, I am absolutely LIVID at this Pastor who placed him in this indeed awkward position. How dare he! Yes, I know how fiery the black church can be. And yes, most of the time the points are valid. However sometimes the black church can as well be very backwards and closeminded. At this very important time, Pastor Jeremiah Wright should have chosen his words carefully. You might even think he did this to propel himself into the spotlight. Perhaps, which would be very selfish of him. This is not to say that I don't understand where he is coming from, however, Barack Obama may have suffered an irreparable setback because of this. There was no need for Barack Obama to have to make this speech, really. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the public within the next few months.

But then again, perhaps this all had to happen...this speech had to be spoken, to finally acknowledge what everyone has been ignoring, that race is still a gigantic issue in this country and indeed this race.

Whatever the outcome, I am proud of Barack Obama for facing this hurdle headstrong and from the heart. His words will resonate within many for decades to come.

The F$%K it List said...

Finally a chance to post my own feelings about Barack Obama’s speech yesterday!
I was in the office when I first heard it and was choked up as I listened to it. Last night I had the opportunity to re-read the words and am renewed in my vote for Barack Obama. Though I have never lost faith in his campaign I am filled with more hope then when this battle for Democratic nominee began many moons ago.

Yesterdays speech was so much more personal and showed Barack not as the upper class, Ivy league educated disconnected Black man the media loves to portray, but as an everyday American. He eloquently laid out in so many ways the sense of knowing where he came from and how it designed the path that he is on right now. The daily news said it best “It was only one of the best speeches, in its best moments about race any man or woman running for the highest office in this land has ever given”

As for Reverend Wright, Adia I agree with you on some levels, I think the timing was awful and a bit self serving. I do however believe that its high time some things get put out there on the table. America is a country that was built on the backs and blood of our ancestors who were enslaved and we can’t even get a simple “sorry”. The idea of reparations for the African American community has been pushed under the table so far that is nothing more than a dream. So why in the world should we be all shucking and jiving for America, It’s a truth as Obama said that can’t be swept under the rug any longer. I have a dear friend from Russia and she told me that when she was in elementary school there that was one of the things they were taught, look at how Americans treated African slaves and that they must be as strong as the slaves. Now I know there was underlying meaning in communist Russia but think about it, most who are not of African decent don’t look at the implications that slavery has had on the current community. Its not an excuse (and I know some people try to spin it that way) it’s a reality that need be dealt with promptly.