Watching the Obama Speech

If this posts correctly, then as you read this, I’ll be at a party in the suburbs of Chicago watching Barack Obama deliver his acceptance speech to be the first African-American (Halfrican-American?) presidential candidate from a major political party.

And I’ll be thrilled.

Since Lori Lipman Brown is not appearing on The Colbert Report tonight, there won’t be a need to rush home. I can just enjoy the speech with the other party attendees. (And make plans to watch Lori’s segment on Colbert’s show tomorrow.)

If you’re watching The Speech, or just finished watching it, what are your thoughts?

  • http://hotchurchaddiction.blogspot.com/ MazeMonster

    Zeus bless you! Zeus bless America!!!

  • Richard Wade

    What a remarkable speech. I have survived 15 presidential elections, and I have heard many historic, timeless political speeches. This is one I’ll never forget.

  • ubi dubius

    Wonderful speech! I’m volunteering for the campaign this weekend. So is Ubi Dubium. Come on out and join us!

  • http://micketymoc.bluechronicles.net/ micketymoc

    Anybody else appreciate the intense irony of Focus on the Family praying for rain on Obama’s speech… then getting Hurricane Gustav on the Republican National Convention?

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff

    Very motivational speech.

  • llewelly

    My first thought is that I want to read a transcript. If I want any useful retention or analysis, I’m far better off with text.

  • http://bjornisageek.blogspot.com Bjorn Watland

    Larry King Live has Ben Stein commenting. A quote, “Barack Obama is the most pro abortion candidate ever.” “He’s against even banning partial birth abortions.”

    From Obama,

    “On an issue like partial birth abortion, I strongly believe that the state can properly restrict late-term abortions. I have said so repeatedly. All I’ve said is we should have a provision to protect the health of the mother, and many of the bills that came before me didn’t have that.

    Part of the reason they didn’t have it was purposeful, because those who are opposed to abortion have a moral calling to try to oppose what they think is immoral. Oftentimes what they were trying to do was to polarize the debate and make it more difficult for people, so that they could try to bring an end to abortions overall.

    As president, my goal is to bring people together, to listen to them, and I don’t think that’s any Republican out there who I’ve worked with who would say that I don’t listen to them, I don’t respect their ideas, I don’t understand their perspective. And my goal is to get us out of this polarizing debate where we’re always trying to score cheap political points and actually get things done.”
    Source: Fox News Sunday: 2008 presidential race interview Apr 27, 2008

  • llewelly

    Anybody else appreciate the intense irony of Focus on the Family praying for rain on Obama’s speech… then getting Hurricane Gustav on the Republican National Convention?

    I think Greg Laden blogged on it.
    But it’s foolish to assume a hurricane landfall on the Gulf Coast would automatically disfavor the Republicans. It’s very much an opportunity for them to patch up their image (as the article you link to points out – finally MSM news worth reading). It’s also an opportunity for the Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, as they do so often. It’s certainly more likely to turn to Obama’s advantage than not – but I really, really hope Obama’s people are watching this closely, and making plans.
    More importantly – I hope everyone in the Caribbean and the Gulf is as well prepared as they can be.

    As to the dark humour – this is very much a Mark Twain moment. ‘All true humour is rooted in misery. There is no laughter in Heaven.’ Recall – 22 people have already died – and doubtless more will die in Jamaica, and possibly Cuba. And should Gustav reach the Gulf coast as a major hurricane, many more will likely die.

  • llewelly

    Here’s the transcript of Obama’s speech . Unfortunately you must scroll waaay down for it.

  • http://micketymoc.bluechronicles.net/ micketymoc

    “But it’s foolish to assume a hurricane landfall on the Gulf Coast would automatically disfavor the Republicans.”

    I don’t see anybody assuming that, llewelly. Setting aside the issue of the misery caused by Gustav (I’m not even making the obvious reference to Katrina), the irony of Christians praying for rain and getting a hurricane sic on them by God is simply incredibly funny.

    Feel free to look at it from a different angle, though, I just hope you’re not rebutting a point that I never made in the first place!

  • http://www.BlueNine.info Blue Nine

    He did make a reference to investing in science and technology.

  • Awesomesauce

    I must say that, as exciting as it was, I can’t seem to forget that, in the end, I’m still just voting for the “lesser of two evils.”

  • llewelly

    As I have been in the past, I’m impressed with Obama’s ability to build an inspiring speech out of specific policy promises. However … I hope that ‘We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. ‘ means ‘only good education about contraceptives can prevent unwanted pregnancies’. Obama was not brave enough on that one. Nor was he brave enough to reject the fraud that is ‘clean coal’. (Worst, he listed it first.) He wasn’t brave enough on gay marriage either. And to be on topic, he mentioned God twice. Fortunately, he never mentioned faith.

  • llewelly

    Larry King Live has Ben Stein commenting. A quote, “Barack Obama is the most pro abortion candidate ever.” “He’s against even banning partial birth abortions.”

    And that’s exactly why there’s no strategic value in compromising on abortion. CNN and Faux News will never let a compromise position on gay marriage, or on abortion, be reported as anything other than radical and insane. For thirty years idiots like Larry King have promoted (yes, Larry King – people like Ben Stein would have no voice without people like Larry King) this delusion that leading democrats were insanely radical. The Dems then compromise, but their compromises are ignored. The Dems have moved to the right, but are portrayed as being ‘on the left bank’. Wash, rinse, repeat. Now we have a democratic party that is two whiskers left of Ronald Reagan, and their compromises haven’t gained them a millimeter.

  • llewelly

    micketymoc :

    But it’s foolish to assume a hurricane landfall on the Gulf Coast would automatically disfavor the Republicans

    I don’t see anybody assuming that, llewelly. Setting aside the issue of the misery caused by Gustav (I’m not even making the obvious reference to Katrina), the irony of Christians praying for rain and getting a hurricane sic on them by God is simply incredibly funny.
    Feel free to look at it from a different angle, though, I just hope you’re not rebutting a point that I never made in the first place!

    That was my error. I did think people were assuming that a landfall on the Gulf Coast would automatically disfavor the Republicans, but on second reading I agree that no-one here had said anything that implied such a thing.
    Separately, I never intended to imply that the irony wasn’t funny, or that you shouldn’t bring it up. I don’t see anything wrong with morbid humour, but I do think we should keep in mind what it is.

  • themadlolscientist

    I don’t see any irony in Gustav – the Rethuglicans asked for it by holding their convention in hurricaneland. I mean wothehell, it is the season, right?

    The irony, and a delicious one at that, is that the DNC skybox of of F*cks Noise – every Fundy Mental Case’s favorite “news” channel – got a monsoon the other day in the form of its sprinkler system going off.

    Maybe there is a Gawd, and he does answer prayer, but he’s got an awesomely diabolical sense of humor. What a practical joker.

    His timing was off though. He should have made it happen during prime time on opening night.

  • themadlolscientist

    Gustav threatens to provide an untimely reminder of Hurricane Katrina.

    Oh. that irony.

    BTW, the New York Times also has the transcript, without all the scrolling.

  • http://mylongapostasy.blogspot.com ATL-Apostate

    As an atheist, I’m not sure how you can get excited about either of these candidates. They’ll both cozy up to their respective religious constituencies once in office.
    McCain to the Focus on the Family types, Obama to the Southern Chrisitan Leadership Counsel types.

    Oh and BTW, why is Obama always referred to as an African American? Wasn’t his mother caucasian? If he had blonde hair and blue eyes (and his father was still black), would we still call him African American?

    ATL-Apostate

  • Spork

    “The Speech”

    Heh. It’s funny. A short while ago, you posted a link to a fundie weblog where the owner has a rule that if you don’t capitolize the g in god, your post gets deleted…

  • Cindy

    ATL-Apostate said:

    Oh and BTW, why is Obama always referred to as an African American? Wasn’t his mother caucasian? If he had blonde hair and blue eyes (and his father was still black), would we still call him African American?

    Actually, the term truly applies to him, since his father was African. It used to drive me crazy during the O.J. trial when the press would talk about the hair found in the knit cap as being from an “African-American.” No, it was genetically from a black person. We don’t know what the nationality or heritage of that person was. African, Haitian, American, etc.
    Also, Obama has chosen to identify himself with the black community.

  • http://skeptigator.com Skeptigator

    “halfrican-american” LOL

  • Brian E

    I thought his speech was brilliant and articulate. He laid out his positions in great detail. I also love how candid he was regarding McCain. McCain is going to try and run the ‘I’m more experienced and more patriotic and more qualified’ campaign and Obama demonstrated beautifully that he’s ready to take him on in all those areas.

  • andyinsdca

    Obama can speechify real good, but that’s about it. He’s about as deep as a news anchor on your local news show.

  • Polly

    Bumpersticker oratory. Every declarative sentence was an applause line.

    Lots of promises. I don’t believe a single word of it. At least we know McCain’s a douche.

    Did he offer a pony to every little girl or was that my imagination?

    We don’t belong in Afghanistan, either. Mr. Obama, bring those troops from Iraq HOME!

    His talk about how he’s going to be compassionate and pay for it all by closing corporate tax loopholes? Again, not buyin’ it.

    My wife was turned off by his attacking McCain. She thought he should just talk about what he’s going to do and cut the negativity.

  • Axegrrl

    llewelly said:

    As I have been in the past, I’m impressed with Obama’s ability to build an inspiring speech out of specific policy promises. However … I hope that ‘We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. ‘ means ‘only good education about contraceptives can prevent unwanted pregnancies’. Obama was not brave enough on that one. Nor was he brave enough to reject the fraud that is ‘clean coal’. (Worst, he listed it first.) He wasn’t brave enough on gay marriage either. And to be on topic, he mentioned God twice. Fortunately, he never mentioned faith.

    You summed up my reaction to his speech precisely :)


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