Skip to comments.I owe it to Gandhi, says Obama
Posted on 11/08/2010 8:55:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
He came, he saw, he conquered. Every bit of India that US president Barack Obama mentioned in his 35-minute speech was received with thunderous applause in the Central Hall of parliament.
The immediate chord he stuck with the dignitaries, including MPs and chief ministers, probably made Obamas day as he carried out a perfect public relations exercise to capture the Indian mind.
The charged atmosphere in Central Hall became evident as soon as Obama entered. He was greeted by a standing ovation!
Obamas speech constantly referred to Indian themes, all of which were applauded by the audience. He began by pointing out that his India visit was his longest overseas trip, spoke about how Panchatantra has guided Indians for centuries, and referred to the fields of Pujab, bylanes of Chandni Chowk, modern highways of Bangalore or localities of Kolkata when he said that everyone deserved a chance to prosper.
The US president said he felt honoured to visit Gandhis residence, where decades later Martin Luther King had stayed, and the memorial at Rajghat, adding, I am mindful that I might not be standing before you today, as president of the United States, had it not been for Gandhi and the message he shared with America and the world.
Throughout my life, including my work as a young man on behalf of the urban poor, I have always found inspiration in the life of Gandhiji and in his simple and profound lesson to be the change we seek in the world."
And just as he summoned Indians to seek their destiny, he influenced champions of equality in my own country, including a young Martin Luther King.
Obama also quoted Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore when he spoke about recalled Indias contribution to world civilisations and the message Swami Vivekananda delivered in 1893 at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago, his hometown.
He referred to Ambedkar when he spoke about his belief that every person can fulfill their god-given potential no matter where he comes from just as a Dalit like Dr Ambedkar could lift himself up and pen the words of the Constitution that protects the rights of all Indians...
While talking of Indias discoveries, he did not forget to credit Indian with having discovered zero.
In his speech, while thanking Indians for their hospitality, he spoke in Hindu, saying, Bahut dhanyavaad (Many thanks) and ended his speech with the triumphant Jai Hind! (Victory to India).
Later, as he came out of Central Hall, he wrote in the newly introduced Golden Book, As a representative of the worlds oldest democracy, it is a true privilege and honour to address the worlds largest democracy. May the friendship between the two countries continue to grow in the years to come.
That deserved a huge gag alert. I’m trying to finish off dinner here!
Obama is such a clown.
Obama is such a suck-up.
Gandhi, one of those heroes whose life would not withstand a fair judgment devoid of his worshipers in the press.
A supporter of Hitler and a guy who slept with 9 year old naked girls.
I’m so glad Obama watched the movie a couple of times....so he knew to say “Gandhiji.”
What a phony!
They can keeo him if they like. We won't even ask for a player to be named later!!
They can keep him if they like. We won't even ask for a player to be named later!!
Throughout my life, including my work as a young man on behalf of the urban poor, I have always found inspiration in the life of Gandhiji and in his simple and profound lesson to be the change we seek in the world.”
I would like to personally hear from the urban poort who Obama helped to uplift out of their predicament.
You guys like him so much, I can let you have him, cheap. Say, seven billion?
That's all we can afford to give you to take him off our hands.
I, I, I...
So sort of a 20th Century Mohamed?
An American president who can say "Victory to India" but refuses to say the same for us in the two wars we're fighting.
Am I missing something?
I’m surprised he didn’t mention Sitting Bull.
I have a suggestion- let’s swap untouchables.
We’ll take theirs, and they can take ours
Actually, he owes it all to Frank Marshall Davis, his Commie mother, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayres, Tony Rezko, and that stupid ass Jack Ryan who couldn’t keep it zipped and ended up putting Obama in the US Senate by default.
Oh, and Gandhi, of course.
He was trying to make that his JFK moment; i.e; the East Berlin speech.
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