Saturday, January 26, 2008

Obama's Classy Victory Speech

An inspiring speech, again, from Barack Obama - thanking South Carolina for the victory it gave him in today's primary.

An example of what struck me most about the speech: Obama saying we won't let "cynicism" get in the way of our dreams.

Now, when was the last time you heard a Presidential candidate talk to us about struggling with our own cynicism?

This concept - like Obama's ideas and delivery - captures what is so different and appealing about Obama. He is not afraid of ideas and concepts, of intellectual positions that challenge conventional wisdom.

When was the last time you heard a Presidential candidate address the nation with that kind of psychological acumen? The fact that we have one, now, may be reason to think we finally have a chance to move beyond political expediency and cynicism in our politicians and country.

Caroline Kennedy writes this in Sunday's New York Times, in a op-ed entitled A President Like My Father -

"Senator Obama is inspiring my children, my parents’ grandchildren ... I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."
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