Skip to comments.Obama's Race Speech Heralded as Historic (The fainting has begun)
Posted on 03/18/2008 3:32:58 PM PDT by pissant
Political strategists today were quick to parse how Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's sweeping speech about race and the American experience may affect his campaign to become the nation's first black presidential nominee.
But among African-American scholars and leaders, the post-speech talk wasn't of polls and focus groups but of witnessing history. Obama's wordsabout slavery, black anger, white resentment, and the imperative to move forwardharked back, they said, to those of Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, and they deserve a similar place in history.
"This was his kairos moment," said the Rev. Alton Pollard, dean of Howard University's School of Divinity, using the ancient Greek word that characterizes moments that can alter destiny. It was, he said, Obama's particular "moment in time," and one that required him to lead.
"Race was never an issue that was going to disappear," Pollard said. "It's too much a part of our national fabric to think that we can gloss over it and move on without having to contend mightily with each other."
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A sorry attempt to bail his own ass out of the fire speech.
He would not have made this speech unless he was in trouble.
That is not why great speeches are made.
The believers are in the building! It did not take long for them to surface and begin fainting!
MSM damage control for Obama is in warp drive. Hillary’s head is rotating on her shoulders at like speed.
Is there any doubt that if Obama were to be elected President, one of the first honored invitees to spend the night in the Lincoln bedroom would be Reverend Jeremiah Wright? The America-hating chickens would really be coming home to roost when that happened...
it’s the “Separation Proclamation”.
What speech did these people (all fawning media) watch or hear or read?
Frankly, after his disavowals last week, this is more to the point of an “I got caught in a whopper” speech.
they played their Beatles records backwards and probably thought that was enlightening, too.
everything is on LSD.
Historic introduction of left wing class warfare doctrine into mainstream presidential politics.
Newt salmmed the speech this afternoon. Newt will be on H&C tonight and will apply a Full Nelson!
A hollow speech that contradicted things he previously stated. He did not renounce the hatred at all, but tried to throw his white grandmother out as a diversionary target.
Now you're talkin'...
Hear that Hlll'ry? Not your moment, though...sorry.
Okay...let's get on now with the McCain v. Obama race for the White House!
Sounds like a sociopath.
Howard University....isn’t there a famous clip of students cheering and pumping their fists in the air after OJ was found not guilty???
another historic moment none-the-less...
Yeah, this country is so racist a black senator is running for president of the United States. lolol
Only because liberals, DemocRATS and race baiters like Jackson and Sharpton won't let go of it. It's part of what keeps them in power.
The political left in this country is nuts. Unfortunately, they have a lot of unmerited and unearned influence in this society. I really don’t believe what they say matters.
Hmmmm....Howard University....a “black” university, which was STARTED by a WHITE GUY!!!!!!!
One of the benefits of being a Leftist is that it doesn’t take too much to impress other Lefties. I see Obama getting an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, a Tony, a Golden Globe and probably the Nobel “Peace” prize for this “speech.” Ollie Stone or Mikey Moore will do the movie with Denzel playing Obama.
Liberals expect very little from black people in the way of achievement. That's why they champion affirmative action and gun control; the former to assuage their guilt for owning slaves and for starting the KKK and Jim Crow Laws, the latter to keep some remnant of control when they start thinking for themselves.
Obama touched on white racism, but shied away from the reason for the speech, black racism that is rampant in America.
When 95% of the blacks in a primary vote for him that is racism. But what are the real campaign issues and what are his solutions to these issues besides change? What kind of change is he talking about?
Yeah, I remember my first beer. I thought the label on the bottle was historic.
I think the USA should do the right thing, today March 18, 2008, all slaves in the USA should be freed and all slave owners in the USA jailed.
It definitely is historic to attack your own grandmother to try to win votes. I thought Id seen everything in politics, but apparently I was mistaken.
Obama was raised by his White Grandmother?
I thought he was raised by his mother!
So this is the guy who is supposed to lead America to racial reconciliation? The same guy who has for 20 years been a loyal, committed member of a church that thinks white people are the enemies of God?
Twilight zone stuff.
“this country is so racist a black senator is running for president”
That brings up an interesting point. Consider a country that is supposedly racially tolerant, such as France. Try to find a black person who was risen above a middle management position in France. Try to find a black millionaire. Yet the U.S. is supposedly the worst country in the World when it comes to black opportunity.
Reminds me of Richard Nixon’s “Checkers Speech” in 1952.
This is just so surreal.
Their = they’re
Harked back to Abraham Lincoln? They don’t know history. Lincoln had utter disdain for blacks.
I knew the media would declare him King.
Romney’s speech on religion was far better than this crap.
Opening soon at a theater near you: BAMBOOZELED!!
To me, I really don't care about Jeremiah Wright Jr. The most important questions involve OBAMA. And he did not answer them:
Why did he continue to tacitly accept his hateful rantings for twenty years?
Why did he expose his children to such hate speak?
If he truly is the only one who can bridge the racial divide, why didn't he start with the Reverend Wright? If he can't reach a member in his own community, how can he expect to have any success with the rest of America?
To me, no speech can overcome twenty years of inaction. But the MSM thinks that he nailed it. Not even close.
Someone call Jesus and tell him not to come back. His return will never rival Barak’s speech.
Yes it was. And I’m not a Romney fan.
"It was a fine speech for fluffing supporters: it failed to do what it needed to do."
Obama Supporters are missing the point, as did Obama. This speech was great troop fodder, but to anyone coming in ambivalent or skeptical...it completely missed the mark. These important points were missed, or brought up and not supported.
1) He was present for Wright's speeches
What he NEEDED TO SAY BUT DIDN'T: he said nothing about not being there or not hearing the "GOD DAMN AMERICA" speech. This was a major omission.
2) He won't distance himself from Wright.
What he NEEDED TO SAY BUT DIDN'T: this issue was key if he wanted to defuse the "guilt by association" issue. Does it matter to you that he wouldn't "throw Wright under the bus?" Likely. Does it matter to those who saw this as racist or anti-American that he DID NOT "throw Wright under the bus?" ABSOLUTELY. Another MAJOR omission.
3) He didn't leave the church. He spent 20 years there listening to Dr. Wright, and gave no good justification.
What he NEEDED TO SAY BUT DIDN'T: This speech was not supposed to be for supporters. He WAS at this church for 20 years. During that time, detractors are going to find it impossible to believe that he did not agree with everything said. Now I'm a pretty tolerant guy, but I pulled my kids out of a church my family had belonged to for 20+ years and my late father had been a deacon of because they started on a "Love the sinner/Hate the sin" tact related to the Gay community. If I can do that, what are less tolerant people going to believe of him?
4) He identifies with several important white people in his life, such as his mother and grandmother.
What he NEEDED TO SAY BUT DIDN'T: This UNFORTUNATELY sets up #4.
5) He blames Dr. Wright's racism on white society.
What he NEEDED TO SAY BUT DIDN'T: the way he words it, yes, he does blame it on white society. He speaks of current "...endemic white racism..." This isn't history, and it makes it look like he is betraying his mother and grandmother.
6) He asks us to UNDERSTAND Wright's message.
What he NEEDED TO SAY BUT DIDN'T: this was exactly what he DID NOT need to do. This was to distance from that message. Instead, it looks like he reinforced it, and therefore in the eyes of detractors, embraced it.
7) He rationalizes Wright's racism.
What he NEEDED TO SAY BUT DIDN'T: People who needed to be shown he was not racist and did not support Wright's racist message were likely not reassured.
8) He defends his membership in said church.
What he NEEDED TO SAY BUT DIDN'T: you can see that this is not what he needed to do. Supporters are forgiving of any issue that might have a negative slant. This does nothing to dispel this slant. I know people, not very SOPHISTICATED people, put sharp enough to go to the Trinity Web site, which, to someone with a somewhat closed mind, reads like an AFRICAN SEPARIST church web site. THIS may have been the myth he most needed to dispel, and he completely failed.
Rest assured, I do not think him a racist. I do not think him stupid. But this speech does nothing it needed to do. As a supporter, you heard and read what you wanted to get out of the speech. The person he needed to convince sat there saying "...yeah, yeah, get ON With it; clear it up or shut up." He did neither. In my opinion, his speech failed to convince the unbeliever. This was the wrong speech at the wrong time."
The MSM also told us that HILLARY WAS THE SMARTEST WOMEN IN THE WORLD!!!