Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Obama's speech

Argh, I am going to cry. I liveblogged Obama's speech and now Blogger ate it!!!!! Now I have to go and find it online somewhere. Or rewatch it now on MSNBC.

Well, now I can liveblog Huckabee on MSNBC:

Very normal, rational sounding. Really hitting the compassionate conservative and the "would most like to have a beer with" votes in his "I think Americans want to vote for someone who is a lot like the guys they work with versus the guys that they work for.

Here's my second go at reaction to Obama speechifying:

This is vintage Obama 2004 of the Boston Convention, and thank goodness.

Family looks so happy, and there a surprising number of black faces in the audience for Iowa. It's a pretty young crowd. Obama looks so happy, and now before the speech he has a cat that caught the canary grin, kinda smug.

They said, this day would never come [applause] They said our sights were set too high, they said this country was too divided, too disillusioned to ever come together around a common purpose but on this Jan night at this defining moment in history you have done what the cynics said we couldn't do.

You have done what the state of NH can do in 5 days (nice throw down). You have done what America can do in this new year, 2008.

In lines that stretched around schools and churches, in small towns and big cities, you came together as Dems, Repubs and Independents to stand together and say we are one nation, one people, and our time for change has come [huge applause]

You said the time has come to move beyond the bitterness and pettiness and anger that has consumed Wash and to end the political strategy that has been all about division and make it about addition, to build a coalition that covers blue states and red states, because that's how we'll win in Nov and how we'll meet the challenges we face as a nation.

We are choosing hope over fear. we're choosing unity over division and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America. You said the time has come to tell the lobbysits who think their money and their influence that they don't own this government we do, we;re here to take it back (Shades of Dean)

THe time has come for a president who will be honest about the choices and the challenges that we face, who will listen to you, who won't just tell you what you need to know or what you want to hear, and NH if you give me that chance, I will be that president for America.

He looks focused, damn.

I'll be a president who finally makes hc affordable and affordable to every single American the same way I expanded healthcare in Illinois by bringing dems and repubs together to get jobs done. I'll be the president who

I'll be a president who harnesses the enguinty of farmers cientists and entrepreneurs to free this nation from the tyrrany of oil once and for all (nice scroll of $100+ oil)

And I'll be the president who ends this war in iraq and finally brings our troops home, who restores who understands that 9/11 is not a war to scare up votes but a way to understand the challenges that face america.

tonight we are one step closer to that vision of america because of what you did here in iowa, so i'd especially like to thank the organizers, volunteers, precinct captains and staff who made this all possible. and while i'm at it on thank yous i think it makes sense to thank the love of my life, the rock of the Obama family, the closer on the campaign trail [So cute!]

Mad props to organizers!!! (Expected from a former organizer)

I know you didn't do this for me, you did this because you believe do deeply in the most American of ideas that in the face of impossible odds, people who hope this country can change it. i know this know this because while i may be standing here tonight, i know my journey began on the streets of chicago doing what so many of you have done here tonight organizing and fighting to make people's lives just a little bit better.

i know how hard it is, comes with little sleep, little pay and a lot of sacrifice there are days of dissapointment, but smetimes, just sometimes, there are nights just like this. a night when a year from now when we've made changes that we believe in, when Malia and Sascha and your children inherit a planet that's a little cleaner and safer . . when America sees itself as more united.

You'll be able to look back and say, this was the moment when it all began.

this was the moment when the improbable when we tore down barriers that have divided us for too long, when we rallied pl of all ages and parties a

when we gave americans who have never participated in politics a reason to stand up and do something. we finally beat back the politics of fear and doubt and cynicism, the politics when we tear each other down instead of building each other up - this was the moment.

years from now, you'll look back and say this was the moment, this was the place where America remembered what it means to hope. for month, we've been derided for what it means to hope. it's not ignoring the enormities of what we face, it's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight.

hope is the thing that exists inside us despite all evidence to the contrary that if we have the courage to reach for it work for it and to fight for it, hope is what i saw . .

[anecdotes]

what lead young women and young men to sit at lunchcounters and to march at selma and montgomery for freedom's cause. hope is what led me here today, with a father from kenya and a mother from kansas and a story that could only happen here in the united states of america.

hope is the bedrock of this nation the belief that our destiny will not be written for us by by us by all those men and women who will not be content to settle for what it is.

That together ordinary people can do extraordinary things, because we are not a collection of red states and blue states, we are the united states of America and in this moment in this election, we are ready to believe again.

Damn, that's a masterful speech, cascading with the rhythms. And with that, Let the healing begin.

Biden: We've had some of the best guys in the country working for me for almost nothing, just on the hope that . they knew that there would be a time , there's so many of you who've sacrificed for me, i feel so indebted. jill and i , we decided to do this. dignified, strong, and passionate. I like this Biden, even if he is dropping out and had only 1%.

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