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A More Perfect Union 
6th-Apr-2008 06:48 pm
byron glacier, alaska

Barack Obama in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008: A More Perfect Union (embedded). Watch the entire 37-minute speech. You won't regret it.

'Nuff said.

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7th-Apr-2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Does he write his own speeches? This one reads like a great piece of technical writing, leading from point to point, with perfect clarity.

Random: This got me wondering how important a speech of this level would be in winning votes. I know that is a very narrow question, and votes are not decided on one speech etc. In India, for example, most of the voter base would not a) understand the brilliance of this speech b) not have time/patience enough to listen through the argument c) never hear it. Literacy plays a huge role.

I think mass media plays a bigger role here however (?), so I'm wondering how it will play out.

Not a very coherent comment, but I'm running out of patience trying to phrase my thoughts correctly and succintly. Maybe "'nuff said" is the way to go ;)
7th-Apr-2008 08:48 pm (UTC) - Right

You are right on the money. Most people whom I've seen link to this speech comment on how it doesn't have any catchphrases or short clips followed by loud applause that can be played for 30-second news round-ups. This is not a media-grabbing speech by any stretch of the imagination. I can't say if that's a good thing or not in general, but it definitely grabbed me. It chew me up and spit me out with a renewed appreciation of somebody who can spot problems in the world and describe them with clarity and meaning instead of short, content-less slogans.

BTW, after saying "'Nuff said," I realized that's the wrong thing to say, because it closes the door on what was said. Instead, I should have left it open to debate. I guess I'm still trying to achieve that perfect union with myself...

7th-Apr-2008 09:41 pm (UTC) - Neat defence...
Clarity of thought is something I've liked about Obama in the past, and this speech just reinforces that notion.

Another piece of very civil and to-the-point public talking happened (IMHO) in the democratic debate in California. It's available on my youtube favourites. It's pretty long, but well worth it.
2nd-Jun-2008 03:00 am (UTC)
You are the lucky recipient of an unsolicited meme :)

http://www.ssaidoor.com/2008/06/01/the-six-things-meme/
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