Obama’s acceptance speech

Posted on: August 29, 2008

If there was any lingering doubt, after Bill Clinton’s speech in support of the young, black, one-term junior senator from Illinois, that he  could be a competent commander-in-chief, the show of support by a parade of retired generals may have erased those doubts for Barak Obama.
Speaking for the generals, who were introduced by Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of one of the great Republican presidents of the 20th century, Maj. Gen. J. Scott Gration said he had travelled with and had been impressed by the young Illinois senator. He said he admired his judgment, integrity, and that Obama had shown he understands the threats to America in the 21st century.
Just before, former Vice-president Al Gore reminded the crowd of 80,000 people at Mile High Stadium in Denver that another Illinois member of Congress had served eight years in the Illinois legislature, like Obama had, and hadn’t done so badly as a wartime commander-in-chief. That was the first of two references to Abraham Lincoln, an eloquent  man in an eloquent time, during the evening.
Gore spoke, as expected on the 21st century threat of global warming, but also reminded Americans of the Latin motto on the dollar, E Pluribus Unum, Out of Many, One, meaning every kind of American is one of us. The crowd was, after all, to witness an historic event. The first black man in American history to be nominated for president.
In the remaining few minutes before Obama’s acceptance speech, a half-dozen ordinary people, dressed living-room casually, pledged their support.
In one of the best speeches of the convention, brief though it was, a life-long Republican, Pam Cash-Roper, a retired nurse, said even though she worked in health care she could not afford health care. Her husband needed open heart surgery five years before and lost his job. With that job went the family’s health insurance. Then she got sick. Bills overwhelmed them.
“I can’t afford four more years like this. Can’t do it. Can’t do it,” she said.

That was the very sentiment Obama expanded upon in his acceptance speech, attacking the Republicans, mocking the trickle-down theory of Reaganomics, expressing concern for lost wages, exported jobs. In the lead-up to his speech on presented video, and in his speech, he told the crowd and the television audience that he understood and he was one of them and that the Republicans had failed them all.
“It is time for them to own their failure,” he said.
Expressing genuine respect for McCain’s military service, he stood above politics for a moment, with the words, “Patriotism has no party.”
But he noted that McCain’s voting record matched the politics of President G.W. Bush 90 per cent of the time.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to take a 10 per cent chance on change.”
The crowd roared.
The end of the speech was a reminder that day was the fourty-fifth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech in Washington. His voice rose and one half-expected to hear him actually say those words, but he didn’t. But there is little doubt that most, if not all, of the 80,000 in that stadium thought it.


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