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August 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Klein: Obama’s Speech ‘Very Tough’

Barack Obama’s acceptance speech tonight wasn’t what people have come to expect from a Barack Obama speech. It wasn’t filled with lofty rhetoric or grand cadences. It did not induce tears or euphoria. It didn’t have the forced, kitschy call and response tropes — “and that’s the change we need!” — that defaced nearly every other major speech at this convention. At 43 minutes, nailing his dismount at 10:53 pm, it wasn’t even very long. It was lean, efficient, practical and very very tough.

It was the perfect speech for a skeptical nation. In some ways, the heart of it was near the end, when Obama directly confronted a country that has lost faith in government — and an opposing party that preys on that cynicism:

“I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that’s to be expected. Because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

You make a big election about small things.

And you know what — it’s worked before. Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it’s best to stop hoping, and settle for what you already know.

I get it.” 

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August 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

He Came, He Saw, He Conquered!

 

A record crowd of 84,000 witnessed Barack Obama accept his Presidential nomination.

A record crowd of 84,000 witnessed Barack Obama accept his Presidential nomination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The corporate media built up the expectations for Barack Obama’s speech tonight to a point at which the mainstream pundits were sharpening their scalping knives to proclaim that he didn’t meet those expectations. But once again the media blowhards underestimated Barack Obama’s talent, his oratorical skills, and his heart.

 

What impresses me the most about Barack Obama is his grasp of the engine of history. He knows that FDR’s New Deal was not passed from on high but was an expression of years of arduous organizing by ordinary workers, struggling to form successful industrial unions for the first time in this country.

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Why This “Hillary Holdout” Is Backing Barack

On June 7th, my heart was broken. The candidate of my lifetime and my dear friend Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton suspended her historic Presidential campaign.

Over the past two months I have become the poster-child, in the press, for the so-called Hillary holdouts; Hillary Clinton supporters who were angry and frustrated with the way she was treated in the primary and post-primary and weren’t ready for unity. I was frustrated at the incredible amount of misogyny in our political process and in our media. And I was embarrassed that my party, and its leadership, never came to her defense when she faced a barrage of attacks based on her gender.

I still bear some wounds, but I’ve thought long and hard about the issues I support and that I believe in and Hillary has led me to understand that Senator McCain supports little of what I champion.

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Obama’s Speech Lures Some Fence-Sitters as Others Await McCain

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama‘s speech last night left Janell Mader, a 32-year-old lifelong Republican, “a little overwhelmed” — and likely to vote for him in November.

“All of the concerns or questions that I had have been answered,” Mader, a homemaker from York, Pennsylvania, said of Illinois Senator Obama, 47, the Democratic presidential candidate. “John McCain‘s going to have to do something pretty incredible next week for me to be convinced that theRepublican Party deserves another four years.”

Mader was one of a dozen undecided voters from across the U.S. who discussed their impressions both before and immediately after Obama accepted his party’s nomination at Invesco Field in Denver on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention.

Some of these persuadable voters had been leaning toward Obama and others were leaning toward the Republican candidate, Arizona Senator McCain, 72. Many said they were impressed by the address. While some of the voters said the first part of Obama’s speech was short on specifics, he ultimately allayed their concerns, and most had a positive view of the convention.

At 77, Elizabeth Roszel has never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate, though she is considering backing Obama this year.

`Very Good Case’

The Democrat “has a very good case and I’m feeling very positive about him,” said Roszel, who lives in Philpot, Kentucky. “Now, I have to hear the Republicans,” who are scheduled to gather next week in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Going into the convention, Obama’s task was to convince these undecided voters that he could match his campaign’s message of change with substantive proposals for addressing the economy, health care and the war in Iraq.

He made his case, said Kathryn Martin, a 64-year-old registered nurse from Miami Lakes, Florida, who voted for Senator Hillary Clinton, 60, in the Democratic primary.

“I’m sold,” Martin said. “I think we’re ready for him.”

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Oprah: “I Cried My Eyelashes Off!”

DENVER — First word on Barack Obama’s historic nomination acceptance speech from a bevy of celebrities in attendance was decidedly partisan: “It was excellent,” Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie said. “It was amazing.”

“Incredible,” said Jessica Alba simply, before joining Fergie, Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama and Kerry Washington at a private exit from Invesco Field. Alba was at the speech with husband Cash Warren.

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Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

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